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A little more than three years after his knuckles rapped on the
door, the
Ultimate Fighting Championship
’s featherweight division finds
itself looking up at Alexander
Volkanovski
.

The 5-foot-6 Australian dynamo has added to what was already a
lengthy winning streak by posting victories in each of his first
eight appearances inside the Octagon. What started with
Volkanovski’s second-round technical knockout of Yusuke
Kasuya
in 2016 culminated with a five-round unanimous decision
over Max
Holloway
at UFC 245 on Dec. 14—a result that brought with it
the undisputed featherweight championship. He now carries the
bull’s eye on his back.

As Volkanovski awaits his rematch with Holloway, tentatively
scheduled for UFC 251 on June 6, here are some of the numbers that
have accompanied his rise to power at 145 pounds:

6: Organizations in which Volkanovski has captured
championships. They are the UFC, the Australian Fighting
Championship, Cage Conquest, Pacific Xtreme Combat, Roshambo MMA
and Wollongong Wars.

11: Wins on his ledger by knockout or technical
knockout. They account for more than half of Volkanovski’s career
total.

18: Consecutive victories since Volkanovski
suffered his only career setback—a third-round technical knockout
loss to Corey
Nelson
on May 10, 2013.

3: Wins by submission on his resume. Volkanovski
dismissed Greg Atzori
with a guillotine choke at Roshambo MMA 2 on Feb. 1, 2014, Jai Bradney
with a rear-naked choke at Roshambo MMA 3 on July 26, 2014 and
Yusuke
Yachi
with a triangle choke at PXC 50 on Dec. 4, 2015.

157: Significant strikes landed against Holloway
in the UFC 245 headliner. It was a career-high for Volkanovski and
represents the second-highest tally ever mounted against Holloway.
Dustin
Poirier
tagged the Hawaiian with 178 significant strikes in
their UFC 236 rematch.

6,752: Miles between Auckland, New Zealand, where
Volkanovski trains at
City Kickboxing
, and Las Vegas, where he laid claim to the UFC
featherweight crown against Holloway.

7: Decision victories to his credit. Volkanovski
has never lost a fight that went to the judges, his seven wins
under those parameters coming against Holloway, Jose Aldo,
Darren
Elkins
, Shane Young,
Mizuto
Hirota
, Kyle Reyes
and Gerhard
Voigt
.

20: Rounds completed in the UFC. Volkanovski has
gone the distance five times in his eight UFC appearances and
scored second-round stoppages in the other three.

1: Post-fight performance bonus banked since he
joined the UFC roster three-plus years ago. Volkanovski was awarded
a $50,000 “Fight of the Night” bonus after he disposed of Chad Mendes
with second-round punches at UFC 232.

31: Years of age. Volkanovski was born on Sept.
29, 1988 in Shellharbour, New South Wales, Australia.

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