It looks as if the UFC is targeting a rematch between current UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski (20-1) and former champion Max Holloway (21-5) according to a report from The Daily Telegraph. The bout is expected to take place and headline UFC 251 at RAC Arena in Perth, Australia on June 6 (June 7 local time).
“The Great” Volkanovksi captured the title from Holloway by way of unanimous decision at UFC 245 in December 2019. The UFC 251 title defense in his home country of Australia will be Volkanovski’s first since claiming the gold.
Holloway, 28, moved up temporarily to light to challenge Dustin Poirier for the UFC’s interim lightweight championship in April 2019, after winning 13 straight at 145-pounds, including the featherweight title. Holloway was outpointed by Poirier, and moved back to down to featherweight where he would defeat former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar at UFC 240 in July.
The UFC 251 summer pay-per-view card marks UFC’s first return to Perth since hosting UFC 221 there two years ago.
“We are so pumped to announce our return to Perth,” said UFC President Dana White.
“Perth was an amazing host city to us in 2018, and come June 2020, we’ll be back with a stacked card headlined with a championship fight,” White said on the occasion of the announcement.
— UFC Aus/New Zealand (@UFC_AUSNZ) February 25, 2020