Islam Makhachev (32, Russia) has been reborn as the strongest fighter in the UFC after winning the ‘Super Fight’ against Alexander Volkanovski (35, Australia).
UFC lightweight champion Makhachev won a unanimous decision victory over reigning featherweight champion Volkanovski in a main event lightweight title fight at UFC 284 at the RAC Arena in Perth, Australia on the 12th (Korean time). One of the three assistant referees voted 49-46 and the other 48-47 for Makachev.
Makhachev, who won the lightweight championship belt by defeating Charles Oliveira (Brazil) last year, succeeded in his first defense by defeating Volkanovski. In addition, Makachev, who was second in P4P (Pound for Pound), surpassed Volkanovski and rose to first place. P4P is a ranking that determines who is the strongest in a fighting sport that competes by subdividing weight classes, assuming that all fighters are of the same weight class. 먹튀검증
A search battle was held with the touch glove. In the middle of the first round, after a lull, Volkanovski’s heavy back hand landed on Makachev’s face. Makachev was not taken out either. He mixed his fists and got Volkanovski down. Afterwards, Makachev led the wrestling fight and finished the first round holding the back position.
In the second round as well, Volkanovski wanted a blow and Makachev wanted a ground fight. Makachev, who had fun with knee kicks and uppercuts, led the match by creating clinch situations on several occasions. After the second round, UFC commentator Kim Dae-hwan said, “Volkanovski’s mouth opened. He looks physically tougher than when he fought at featherweight.”
Volkanovski constantly changed his stance, trying to confuse Makhachev. Makhachev’s plan was to drag Volkanovski to the ground. At the end of the third round, Volkanovski got his chance. Makachev slipped and fell, then Volkanovski drove in with a blow and the final gong rang.
With about 3 minutes left in the 4th round, the two fighters spent their time lying on the cage. Makachev locked the body triangle after knocking Volkanovski down with a momentary tackle. Volkanovski controlled Makachev’s arm to avoid getting caught in the rear naked choke. He also put his fist into Makachev’s leg as he was tied to it.
Round 5 started with a deep hug. A fierce wrestling fight ensued, but no one had the upper hand. With about a minute left in the game, Volkanovski’s punch hit and he occupied the top position. Afterwards, Volkanovski accumulated points by beating Makachev’s body and face.
Volkanovsky (164 times) was far ahead of Makachev (95 times) in total effective hits. Volkanovski (70) had 13 more hits in important hits. However, Makhachev captured the referee’s heart by far ahead of Volkanovski (failed in all four) in takedowns (four successful out of nine).
With this fight, Makachev sprinted to 12 consecutive victories in the UFC and recorded 24 wins and 1 loss in his mixed martial arts (MMA) career.
‘Pederweight King’ Volkanovski followed Conor McGregor, Daniel Cormier, Amanda Nunes, and Henry Cejudo in pursuit of simultaneous UFC champions in both weight divisions, but it did not materialize. The winning streak that started in 2013 also came to an end at ’22’.
Volkanovski, who has accumulated 25 wins and 2 losses in MMA, is now returning to featherweight. In the co-main event featherweight interim title fight held the same day, he will later face off against Yair Rodriguez (Mexico) for the featherweight throne after defeating Josh Emmett (USA).