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UFC 272 fight card: Alex Volkanovski vs. Max Holloway 3, Aljamain Sterling vs. Petr Yan 2 set for March

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UFC 272 is set for rematches galore. Featherweight champion Alex Volkanovski will take on former titleholder Max Holloway for a third time in the main event while bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling takes on interim titleholder Petr Yan for a second. The pay-per-view event is scheduled for the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday, March 5.

The trilogy fight between Volkanovski and Holloway marks the third time the two elite featherweights will have fought in 27 months. The second iteration of Sterling vs. Yan seeks a definitive conclusion after Sterling was awarded the UFC bantamweight title because of an illegal knee to a grounded opponent. UFC President Dana White confirmed the both fights to ESPN.

Volkanovski (23-1) is coming off CBS Sports’ runner-up for 2021 Fight of the Year against Brian Ortega at UFC 266. Volkanovski earned his 10th straight UFC win with a hearty unanimous decision win. Prior to the Ortega fight, Volkanovski defeated Holloway via unanimous decision to first earn the title at UFC 245 in December 2019. He narrowly clutched onto his new accessory with a split decision title defense against “Blessed” seven months later.

Holloway (23-6) bounced back from the pair of decision losses with a drumming Calvin Kattar in January 2020, and a competitive unanimous decision win over Yair Rodriguez in November. The beloved fighter’s hit list includes Frankie Edgar, Ortega, Jose Aldo (twice), Anthony Pettis and Charles Oliveira.

Sterling (20-3) was in rare form heading into the Yan fight, winning five consecutive fights against game opposition like Cory Sandhagen, Jimmie Rivera, Pedro Munhoz and Cody Stamann. He has not competed since UFC 259 in March 2021 due to lingering neck issues that required surgery.

Yan (16-2) claimed the interim UFC bantamweight title by defeating Sandhagen in a five-round Fight of the Night at UFC 267. He was on a perfect 7-0 UFC run prior to the Sterling blunder, defeating Aldo for the vacant belt and defeating long-time contenders like Urijah Faber and Rivera.

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