"This one's not just for me, this one's for the whole entire world right now", Usman told UFC color commentator Joe Rogan in the cage after the fight.
It makes Volkanovski the fourth undisputed UFC featherweight champion behind Holloway, Connor McGregor and Jose Aldo, who the Aussie defeated in his last victory. "He's gonna gas out, fight emotional.' I'm telling you guys right now that the reason why I'm the best in the world is because my mind is stronger than anyone in the division". "I had a responsibility to go in there and teach him a lesson".
"I made a lot of mistakes, but I know I hit harder than him", Usman said.
The judges favored Volkanovski 48-47, 48-47 and 50-45.
It was the second-latest stoppage in a title fight in UFC history and came in a very close fight up until that point. The former 125-pound title challenger will forfeit 30% of her fight purse to opponent Viviane Araujo and the fight will go on.
It's the confidence that's put the belt around his waist and appears to be similar to his gym-mate Adesanya, who celebrated with Volkanovski after the win.
According to ESPN stats, Volkanovski dominated the contest to land 172 strikes to Holloway's 103. Volkanovski attacked Holloway's legs with kicks and forced Holloway to switch into a southpaw stance. "And now he's getting the other one chewed up". Aldana connected with a left hook that left Vieira unconscious on the canvas.
The kicking definitely worked for Volkanovski.
The 46 leg kicks broke the previous record for most leg strikes absorbed in the featherweight division - a record previously owned by Cub Swanson.
In the fourth round Volkanovski inflicted the most strikes that Holloway has suffered in his featherweight career.
Holloway landed some shots in the fifth round, but Volkanovski answered, including one powerful elbow to Holloway's temple as they wrestled on their feet.
"Dana White ( @danawhite ) says he wants to book a rematch between Alex Volkanovski ( @alexvolkanovski ) and Max Holloway ( @BlessedMMA ) in Australia next". On one hand, Holloway has been a long-time champion at 145lbs and should probably get the chance to get his belt back.