Image source: Max Holloway's Instagram (@blessedmma)
There was some debate between fans over the scoring of the bout and there were some closely contested rounds in there, however, Volkanovski has since stated that he believes the fight was more one sided that initially perceived.
Volkanovski, speaking to MMA Fighting, has now stated that, after having the chance to watch the fight back, he doesn’t believe the fight was very close at all.
“Straight after, Dana White was mentioning the rematch and even I touched base on it but watching back the tape, the fight wasn’t probably as close as I originally thought
Watching it again and I was trying to watch it as I was trying not to be biased. I was definitely trying to notice everything that he done. I was struggling to give him one round. I really did. There’s obviously rounds that was a lot closer than others but if you’re giving him a round, it’s purely because he was champion and you wanted him to win. That’s the way I look at it. There was some rounds that were a little bit closer but I was struggling to give him a round. I really was. But it’s not like I blew him out of the park every round, but I was definitely ahead.
If it was a lot closer, a split decision, stuff like that, I mean my coaches are even going to say he deserves that rematch. But they watched the tape and they’re like ‘you can’t just give him a rematch after that’, I’m the type of person, I’ll fight whoever.
I believe I’ll get the job done anyway. Not just that, I reckon there’s money in that rematch as well and I could probably redo my contract, we’ll see. Again, we’ll just see. There’s time.”
Holloway has discussed eventually making the move up to the 155lb division permanently to relieve his body of the weight cutting issues. Volkanovski said that losing the title to him could make that decision easy and, therefore, may not result in a rematch between the two.
“Max hasn’t really been talking about the rematch or anything. I don’t know if he wants to fight lightweight. He’s been talking about that for a long time.
Without being rude, I was saying that I would take that belt and I would make that decision easier for you and you could move up. Maybe that’s what he is doing, I don’t know.”
Whatever happens next, Volkanovski is going to be on the sidelines until the middle of 2020 nursing a broken hand, he picked up in his title winning effort against Holloway. In the meantime, Volkanovski would like to see the top featherweight contenders compete against each other to reveal a clear-cut number one contender.
“Even if Max is interested in a rematch, you get someone like Zabit and “The Korean Zombie” go fight before that, go out and knock each other out or whatever happens, they’ll probably take the opportunity away from Max. Especially after Max convincingly losing, they’ll probably give it to Zabit or Korean Zombie. That’s what I mean. Don’t give them the opportunity. Go and take it.
Max isn’t even saying he wants the rematch and that sort of stuff. So, you go out there, you fight, and you win, and that rematch hasn’t even been brought up yet. Then that idea gets blown out of the water and everyone keeps going with the hot flavour of each month.”
No one’s a clear No. 1 contender. I’m on the sidelines. Right now, I’ve got a broken hand. What can I do? But I know what these boys can do. They can solidify themselves as the No. 1 contender. Take someone out. Take out whoever you feel can put you in that No. 1 spot. Do what I done. That’s what I done leading into my title fight.
I fought Chad Mendes to make sure I was in the top five. Then I wanted to fight Aldo, secure that No. 1 contender’s spot. Fought him in his backyard. Not that many people would do that, but I did that to give me that No. 1 spot. I just think that’s something these guys can do. It might be June or July when I’m fighting, I don’t know yet so go solidify yourself as the No. 1 contender and I’ll see you soon.”