Two judges scored the fight 48-47, with one judge going to the other way and handing Holloway a 48-47 scorecard.
"MMA is more than about the belt", Masvidal said.
In a statement on Sunday by his spokesman, Lanre Lasisi, titled 'Gbajabiamila hails Kamaru Usman for defending UFC title, ' the Speaker said Usman's action had once again showed the world that Nigerians, wherever they find themselves, were capable of taking up any challenge. With Holloway a closed topic for the moment, and the distinct possibility that neither Jose Aldo nor Conor McGregor ever fights at featherweight again, Volkanovski must now look towards the future, rather than the past of the division to cement his legacy. UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski faced former champ Max Holloway in a rematch of their UFC 245 bout.
Even the MMA promotion's president Dana White spoke about the poor judging standards at UFC 251 to the media after the event.
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If her nose heals up quickly, Namajunas could get the next title shot at Zhang Weili, who took the belt from Andrade late past year. "The Great" faced early adversity as he was dropped twice by Holloway in the opening two rounds.
"It was a tough fight", Volkanovski admitted. "He stood there and he didn't really take a backward step,"' Volkanovski said.
"I am responding to yesterday's title match against Volkanovski and Halloway", he wrote on Instagram. "I don't know, we'll have to figure it out". Next up, we could potentially see a third bout (trilogy) between the two superstars, considering the controversial decision in this contest.
The champion threw some lethal punches at his challenger in the final two rounds and dominated him.
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"In the beginning, we wanted to put pressure on him and make him exhausted and after the third round, start attacking".
"I expected it to be a hard fight", Yan said through an interpreter. "And that's exactly what happened", he added.
Former strawweight champion Rose Namajunas also avenged her loss to Jessica Andrade with a split-decision victory over Andrade in their rematch on Yas Island, the UAE tourist destination turned into a secure bubble by the UFC this month during the coronavius pandemic.
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