Rugby Alexander Volkanovski ends Max Holloway’s featherweight reign

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    Brett OkamotoESPN Staff Writer


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LAS VEGAS — One of the most impressive runs — at any weight class — in UFC history has come to an end.

Australian featherweight Alexander Volkanovski (21-1) officially ended Max Holloway’s (21-5) reign over the UFC’s featherweight division on Saturday, as he defeated the formerly dominant champion via unanimous decision at UFC 245 at T-Mobile Arena. Judges scored the 145-pound title fight for Volkanovski 50-45, 48-47 and 48-47.

The loss marked Holloway’s first at 145 pounds since 2013 and snaps a 14-win streak within that weight class. It ends his title reign at three successful title defenses.

“It’s what we do,” said Volkanovski, who was a plus-170 underdog at Caesars. “We shoot for the belt. We’ve had great champions in this division. [Jose] Aldo was a great, respectful champion. Max was a great, respectful champion. I promise to be a great, respectful champ

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