Two very long-standing championship rivalries will be settled at UFC 272 in March, UFC president Dana White advised ESPN on Wednesday.
Featherweight winner Alexander Volkanovski will meet up with Max Holloway in a remarkably anticipated trilogy bout, when bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling will seem to unify his title towards interim champ Petr Yan.
Contracts have not still been signed, resources explained to ESPN, but each fights should be finalized soon. The fork out-for each-check out event is anticipated to choose put in Las Vegas.
Volkanovski (23-1) is a two-time defending champion from Australia and ESPN’s No. 3-ranked pound-for-pound fighter in the planet. He gained the belt by narrowly defeating Holloway through break up selection in their initially meeting in December 2019. He then defeat the former champ again in his very first title protection in July 2020, once again by a near unanimous selection.
The 33-yr-outdated Volkanovski fought once in 2021. He defended his title against Brian Ortega at UFC 266 in a 5-round bout that was ESPN’s Fight of the 12 months.
Holloway (23-6), of Waianae, Hawaii, is coming off a big year as a non-champ. He dominated 145-pound contender Calvin Kattar in January 2021, and he wrapped up the calendar year with an thrilling 5-round decision around Yair Rodriguez in November.
Sterling (20-3), of New York, will be in search of his initially title protection. He received the belt less than unlucky circumstances final March, when then-winner Yan was disqualified in the fourth round of their title bout for throwing an unlawful knee. The two have been meant to battle in an instant rematch in October, but Sterling was compelled out with a neck harm.
Yan (16-2) went on to combat Cory Sandhagen for the interim title in October, successful by using unanimous determination. He is the ESPN’s No. 6-ranked pound-for-pound fighter in the entire world.