As the fight gets near, fans are getting excited and pumped up to see both champions in action. For those who don’t when and where the fight will take place, here are some important details about the fight.
- Date: July 11, 2020
- Time: 9:00PM ET(Approx)
- Venue: Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
- Broadcasters: UFC Fight Pass, Pay-Per-View (PPV), ESPN+
Alexander Volkanovski vs. Max Holloway Preview
For the second time in as many fights, Volkanovski and Holloway will serve as the co-main event to an Usman title defense. The two fought in December 2019 on the same card as the Nigerian’s win over Covington.
The fight showcased just how good Volkanovski is, but it felt like a tale of two fights.
Holloway, known for slow starts, was taken completely out of his game in the opening rounds. Volkanovski took a page out of Jose Aldo’s playbook and blasted the Hawaiian with leg kicks. It served its purpose, as Blessed struggled to adjust and lost the early rounds convincingly.
As the fight progressed, the former champion fans are used to seeing emerged. He was able to turn the fight into a brawl, and the championship rounds were close and competitive. That would explain the disparity in scores, as Volkanovski took a clean sweep 50-45 according to one card but only one 48-47 on two more.
In many rematches, the terms of engagement are already set. We’re just watching the mediocre sequel of the same movie. This one seems to have legitimate questions that need to be answered, though. Will Volkanovski be able to employ the same leg-kick-heavy strategy? Will the second fight just pick up where the last one left off, or will Holloway get off to a slow start again?
Both fighters have a history of throwing a ton of volume and putting on some great fights. This will compete with the main event for Fight of the Night.
Petr Yan vs. Jose Aldo Fight Preview
They can’t all be winners.
The main and co-main events seem like guaranteed fireworks. This might end up being a good fight, but it’s far from the best one the bantamweight division has to offer.
Just a week after watching Aljamain Sterling and Cody Garbrandt put on stellar performances, there are plenty of great fights on the bantamweight horizons. This is not one of them, though.
Aldo is getting this title shot as a lifetime achievement award and on account of being one of the most recognizable names in the division. The Brazilian is one of the greatest featherweights of all time, but he is just 3-5 in his last eight fights, starting with his knockout loss to Conor McGregor.
He’s only fought once at bantamweight too, and it was a less-than-convincing split-decision loss to Marlon Moraes. With respect to Moraes’ abilities, Yan has looked much more promising than the former World Series of Fighting veteran.
Yan is 6-0 in the UFC against escalating competition. While Aldo is in the twilight of his career, the 27-year-old is either in his prime or approaching it with every fight. His only career loss came in 2016.
Maybe Aldo has one more magical performance in him and we see the resurrection of a living legend. But it seems more likely we see a coronation of a future king with a lot of exciting matchups in his future.