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Alexander Volkanovski has come out and praised Max Holloway for his performance against Calvin Kattar.
But that wasn't all the Aussie had to say.
He also used the time to have a cheeky dig and remind the former featherweight champ of the statistics from their two previous fights.
We still can't get over that Max Holloway performance at #UFCFightIsland7 last night!? :scream:pic.twitter.com/vLxqo8Qkrr
- UFC Europe (@UFCEurope) January 17, 2021
Holloway, who is arguably one of the greatest 145-pounders of all-time, finally ended his two-fight losing streak at the weekend after putting forward a dominant display against rising contender Kattar.
The bout, which took place at UFC Fight Island 7, was a back-and-fourth contest with both athletes giving their all.
But after five brutal rounds and an insane amount of damage absorbed by Kattar, it was Holloway who ultimately had his hand raised in a unanimous decision victory.
Holloway also made his way into the UFC record books by landing a staggering 445 significant strikes in total (the previous record stood at 290).
After back-to-back losses, Max Holloway put on an all-time performance by breaking 2 of his own UFC records:- ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 17, 2021
- 445 significant strikes in a fight (was 290)
- 141 significant strikes in a round (was 134)
Holloway also passed GSP for the most total strikes landed in UFC history. pic.twitter.com/iYSYR6Chlu
Some of the records Max Holloway broke yesterday during his incredible performance vs Calvin Kattar #UFCFightIsland7 pic.twitter.com/Uj2JUKRxAq
- Spinnin Backfist (@SpinninBackfist) January 17, 2021
Yesterday, Max Holloway landed more significant strikes in his main event bout against Calvin Kattar than two UFC champions (Deiveson Figueiredo and Zhang Weili) have landed in their entire UFC careers.
- Aaron Bronsteter (@aaronbronsteter) January 17, 2021
Whether it was his elite-level striking, mid-bout trash-talking or even his ability to make Kattar look a shadow of the fighter he normally is, it seems other UFC fighters were quick to heap praise on Holloway for his flawless performance.
Former dual-divison champ Daniel Cormier said: "This guy is the greatest featherweight of all-time. And honestly, he looked like Muhammad Ali out there tonight... Max Holloway was floating and stinging."
While BMF Jorge Masvidal tweeted: "Congrats @BlessedMMA you showed out on @abc #supernecessary."
Even Volkanovski joined in, adding: "Daaaaamn!!"
But after that first initial comment, the reigning 145-pound champion then decided to follow it up with another (far blunter) message.
He tweeted: "Good fight @BlessedMMA but you ain't pulling those numbers when I'm in front of you!!"
Attached to the tweet was a picture of the stats from the duo's two title fights in which Volkanovski captured and then defended the featherweight belt.
The cheeky and not-so-subtle reminder shows the Aussie outlanding Holloway in significant strikes across both fights.
Probably not what Holloway wants to see when he's scrolling through Twitter just hours after his bloody bout with Kattar.
Good fight @BlessedMMA but you ain't pulling those numbers when I'm in front of you!! pic.twitter.com/k8h4O54PQ4
- Alex Volkanovski (@alexvolkanovski) January 17, 2021
But in the eyes of Volkanovski, it must be frustrating when fans continue to question whether he truly won in his rematch against Holloway.
While most (including us Aussies) can see that he clearly out-struck and out-wrestled Holloway in their second bout, others continue to label it as "controversial".
And while this latest win definitely puts Holloway back in contention for a title shot, the stats put forward by Volkanovski on social media perhaps suggest that a potential trilogy won't be too close to call after all.
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