The two judges scorecards were 48-47 to the defending champ Volkanovski, with the third judge seeing it as 47-48, you can see the full scorecards here.
Holloway had a strong start as he landed more strikes in each of the first two rounds, but the champion stayed composed and gathered some momentum and leveled up the scores in the last three rounds.
As Volkanovski’s camp anticipated for Holloway to come out more aggressively in the first opening rounds, Volkanovski added more pressure towards the end to win the rounds over the split decision.
This takes Volkanovski’s for his record 19th straight MMA wins and improved his UFC record to 9-0.
Check what Alex had to say in his post-fight interview.