Volkanovski vs. Holloway UFC 251 Odds and Betting Breakdown
Top offshore sportsbooks favor Alexander Volkanovski to beat Max Holloway in their featherweight title rematch at UFC 251 on July 11th, 2020, at the UFC Fight Island facility on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The two first met at UFC 245, where Volkanovski defeated Holloway by unanimous decision to win the title.
Alexander Volkanovski vs. Max Holloway Money Line
Betting Max Holloway
Blessed is the dog as established by the best online sportsbooks. Holloway enters with a 21-5 record. He has won 48% of his fights by knockout. Holloway has won 14 of his last 16 fights. He is coming off a December loss to Volkanovski where he lost the belt. Holloway averages 6.66 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy of 44%. He is averaging 0.24 takedowns with an accuracy of 83%. Holloway has lost two of his last three fights. He has taken quite a beating in those two losses. Holloway landed some good shots and showed his fortitude. But he was outmatched standing up for five rounds. Those extended beatdowns tend to have a negative effect on fighters afterward.
Holloway is one of the better-conditioned fighters and usually effective throughout five rounds. He keeps coming forward and overwhelms opponents with the sheer work rate. Holloway is good at hiding his shots and has an assortment of weapons in his repertoire. He can be unpredictable and pull kicks or elbows out of hammerspace. Few are as tough as Holloway. He took some haymakers in his last two fights and lived to tell it. This will be Holloway’s first career fight in Abu Dhabi.
The Great is the fave as reported by top offshore sportsbooks. Volkanovski enters with a 21-1 record. He has won 52% of his fights by knockout. Volkanovski has won his last 18 fights. He is coming off a December win over Holloway. Volkanovski averages 6.15 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy of 57%. He is averaging 2.16 takedowns with an accuracy of 34%. Volkanovski just had the biggest win of his career, winning the UFC Featherweight Championship. And to boot, top offshore sportsbooks had him as a +150 underdog. Volkanovski landed 157 total strikes as well as 51% of his significant strikes.
Strong, powerful, and with a boxing background, Volkanovski is one of the best strikers and counters in the game. He is an effective takedown grappler with a strong upper body and a background in wrestling. Volkanovski defends takedowns at a high level. He’s going to force his opponent to fight on his terms, giving him much confidence. This will be Volkanovski’s first career fight in Abu Dhabi.
UFC 251 FREE Pick
Holloway has gotten the crap beaten out of him in two of his last three fights. His previous encounter with Volkanovski was one of those occasions. The losses are a matter of concern; fighters tend to come out very much worse for wear following such ass-whippings. There’s a concern for and pressure on Holloway to put up or shut up.
Volkanovski is a hellish striker. This fight should go down a lot like the last one. Both fighters defend the takedown very well. There is the reason, though, to lean toward Holloway and the plus money. This is the first time he has opened as an underdog since UFC 212 against Jose Aldo. We should certainly consider that value. Belt or no belt, Holloway is a champ and has lost back-to-back fights only once in his career. Many consider him to be the greatest featherweight ever. Holloway will expectedly make some adjustments, concentrate more on defense and break out his kicking game early on.