Alexander Volkanovski will attempt to rid himself of former champion Max Holloway for the third time at UFC 272 in March.
UFC president Dana White confirmed the bout to ESPN Thursday.
Two championship rivalries will be settled at UFC 272 in March, Dana White told @bokamotoESPN.
Contracts have not been signed, per sources, but both fights should be finalized soon. pic.twitter.com/csJ9Vb0TRh
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) January 5, 2022
Volkanovski (23-1-0), 33, is coming off an impressive victory over Brian Ortega at UFC 266 last September. Holloway will be his third title defence. He is No. 2 on the UFC’s P4P list.
Many fans feel that Holloway (23-6-0), 30, won the second fight. “Blessed” has rebounded from the Volkanovski losses with impressive wins over Calvin Kattar and Yair Rodríguez. He is the current No. 1 contender.
Also confirmed is bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling’s rematch with Petr Yan.
Sterling (20-3-0), 32, won the belt on a disqualification at UFC 259 last March after he couldn’t continue from an illegal knee from Yan. A rematch was scheduled in October, but Sterling pulled out with a neck injury. As you can see from his Instagram post, he is looking forward to the rematch.
Yan (16-2-0), 28, defeated Cory Sandhagen for the interim title in October at UFC 267. He is looking to unify the title in March.
UFC 272 is scheduled for Mar. 5 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Other scheduled bouts include:
(C) ALEXANDER VOLKANOVSKI (23-1-0) VS. #1 MAX HOLLOWAY (23-6-0)
(C) ALJAMAIN STERLING (20-3-0) VS.
#3 MARINA RODRIGUEZ (15-1-2) VS. #4 YAN XIAONAN (13-2-0, 1NC)
JALIN TURNER (11-5-0) VS. JAMIE MULLARKEY (14-4-0)
EDSON BARBOZA (22-10-0) VS. BRYCE MITCHELL (14-0-0)
#9 JESSICA EYE (15-10-0) VS. #14 MANON FIOROT (8-1-0)
MARIYA AGAPOVA (10-2-0) VS. MARYNA MOROZ (10-3-0)
TIM ELLIOTT (17-12-1) VS. TAGIR ULANBEKOV (14-1-0)
MICHEL OLEKSIEJCZUK (16-4-0, 1NC) VS. DUSTIN JACOBY (16-5-1)
More bouts are expected to be announced.