LAS VEGAS – Familiar foes once again came face-to-face on Thursday when Alexander Volkanovski and Max Holloway linked up at the UFC 276 pre-fight press conference.

Volkanovski (24-1 MMA, 11-0 UFC) and Holloway (23-6 MMA, 19-6 UFC) are set for a highly anticipated featherweight trilogy fight in Saturday’s co-main event at T-Mobile Arena, but before they get there, they engaged in their first fight week staredown.

The champion Volkanovski and the former titleholder Holloway have kept things cordial throughout their entire rivalry, but the intensity cranked up multiple notches as they traded many words at the press conference and carried that over to the staredown.

The significance of this fight isn’t lost on anyone, though. After Volkanovski took the 145-pound belt from Holloway then defended it in back-to-back fights, “Blessed” has worked his way back to a rare third contest when one side is down 0-2.

Watch the video above to see the Volkanovski vs. Holloway faceoff from the UFC 276 pre-fight press conference.

UFC 276’s main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on ABC/ESPN and ESPN+. MMA Junkie will have complete on-site coverage for the event all week.



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