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Alexander Volkanovski to have surgery for broken hand after UFC 245 title win

Newly crowned UFC champion Alexander Volkanovski broke his hand against Max Holloway.
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Alexander Volkanovski will go under the knife to fix a broken left hand, an injury he sustained during his five-round decision victory over then-featherweight champion Max Holloway at UFC 245.

Volkanovski, who won on all scorecards last Saturday in Las Vegas to capture the 145-pound championship, announced the injury on his Instagram Thursday. He’s expected to have surgery Friday.

“I don’t think the operation is too crazy but there’s a couple of breaks in there, so I’m gonna have to get that sorted,” Volkanovski said in the video.

Volkanovski (21-1) closed a perfect year in 2019 with a win over “Blessed” Holloway in Las Vegas just seven months after handing Jose Aldo a decision defeat in Rio de Janeiro. The Australian featherweight has now won 18 straight fights, eight under the UFC banner.

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