Max Holloway says he has not sparred and trained on Zoom ahead of Alexander Volkonovski rematch at UFC 251


MAX HOLLOWAY claimed he has not sparred a single round for his rematch against Alexander Volkonovski – and instead trained using Zoom.

The former featherweight champion faces Volkonovski at UFC 251 on ‘Fight Island’ seven months after losing their first fight.

But amid the coronavirus pandemic, Holloway admits to not having the most conventional of training camps and was forced to complete it alone, only conversing with trainers through video call.

He told ESPN: “It was challenging. It was difficult. We’ll find out who the true fighters, true warriors, true people who really love this get to do it.

“I didn’t want to put none of my coaches in harm’s way or getting arrested. Stay-at-home order in Hawaii was pretty serious … a lot of the way I was training was exactly like this, over Zoom!

“There were Zoom classes, and you know, the first time seeing my coaches was at the airport in Vegas and then coming here.”

Holloway and Volkonovski arrived in Abu Dhabi this weekend and had to take a Covid-19 test and quarantine for a day.

The champion too had a disrupted preparation, needing government permission to train at his gym with team-mates.

But he does not believe Holloway was unable to spar and expects gamesmanship from the 145lb legend.

Volkonovski said: “To be quite honest, I don’t believe that. That’s all s***.

“Whether he’s doing it to cover things on his end — I don’t want to accuse him of anything — but we had to get exemptions to train, so I couldn’t train until I got that done. So there was a lot that needed to happen for the government.

“Again, I’m not going to accuse him of anything, but I don’t believe that he hasn’t been training. I’m preparing for a fully prepared Max either way.”


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