UFC 245 free fight: Relive Alexander Volkanovski’s thrilling battle with Chad Mendes

Alexander Volkanovski has put together quite the resume in his MMA career.

With only one career blemish, Volkanovski (20-1 MMA, 7-0 UFC) has smashed his way up the UFC’s featherweight ranks. He put on one dominant performance after the other, until he got his big opportunity against former two-time UFC featherweight title challenger Chad Mendes, at UFC 232 last year.

It didn’t come without adversity though, as Volkanovski was dropped early and had to fend off numerous takedowns, but he was able to tough it out, and take the fight right to Mendes. His constant pressure proved to be too much, and Volkanovski was able to back Mendes against the cage, going to the body, followed by a big right hand that sent Mendes tumbling down.

After picking up the TKO won, Volkanovski would then take on former UFC 145-pound king Jose Aldo, completely neutralizing his game en route to a unanimous decision at UFC 237 in Brazil.

That set him up for a title shot vs. Max Holloway (21-4 MMA, 17-4 UFC) at UFC 245 on Dec. 14, where Volkanovski will look to continue his 17-fight unbeaten streak. Before then, relive the pivotal battle that helped catapult Volkanovski to 145-pound contention in the video above.

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