Date: Sunday 19th November, 3am (UK)
Location: Sydney, Australia
Venue: Qudos Bank Arena
This fight has been hit the hardest by numerous drop-outs leading up to the Sydney main card where five fighters have pulled out. It seems nobody wants to fight Alexander Volkanovski as Jeremy Kennedy pulled out of the original bout and his replacement, Humberto Bandenay also withdrew, leaving a vacancy only six days out.
This has given New Zealander Shane Young an opportunity to fight for the UFC and he deserves a huge amount of credit to take the fight against one of the hottest featherweight prospects on barely a week’s notice.
Volkanovski looks the real deal, finishing 12 of his 15 wins, and he will be grateful a challenger has stepped up to fight him. Young is a prospect in his own right at the age of just 24 and is also a natural finisher but this is a giant leap in competition from smaller fighting promotions.
The key stat highlighted is the form of Volkanovski which included two impressive UFC wins. Young will be the heavy underdog but this will play into his hands as although he is dangerous, he is not expected to win – more risk than reward for Volkanovski.
Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric.