Alexander Volkanovski defeated by Islam Makhachev, light-weight championship, 5 rounds, unanimous resolution


By Simon Brunsdon and Emily Patterson

Australia’s Alexander Volkanovski has misplaced his greatest pound-for-pound stature after being defeated by Islam Makhachev through unanimous resolution in the principle occasion of UFC 284 in Perth.

Battling a measurement drawback, Volkanovski proved that if he received knocked down he might get again up.

Nonetheless, Makhachev’s additional 10 centimetres and 4 kilograms made him too highly effective to convey down.

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Forcing the combat to go the total 5 rounds, the featherweight titleholder’s grappling defence was on full show as he refused to submit.

It was evident that Makhachev was working Volkanovski to the canvas to wrestle, however Volkanovski labored onerous to get to his ft and retaliate with fists and knees.

The ultimate resolution from the announcer was met by boos from the sold-out crowd at RAC Area.

Addressing the gang post-fight, Volkanovski requested the native followers to respect his Russian opponent.

“I admire the assist however let’s give a spherical of applause for Islam,” he mentioned.

Regardless of being overpowered, Volkanovski was happy with how he stood his floor.

“Lots of people are going to be pleased with that, as a result of they did not give me an opportunity,” he mentioned.

“I gave myself an opportunity. I used to be anticipating to win.

“However it was a enjoyable combat. Possibly I might have capitalised on some positions a bit extra, I left it a bit of late, however what do you do.”

Within the first spherical, each fighters danced round one another earlier than Volkanovski made the primary cost with a giant left punch.

Because the combat dramatically flipped between durations of grappling and a flurry of hits, the benefit swung between each fighters.

To finish the fourth spherical, Makhachev pinned Volkanovski down, holding him in place for nearly three minutes to chew down the clock.

Needing a giant ultimate spherical, Volkanovski completed stronger after dropping Makachev and pounding him on the canvas.

However, on the scorecard, Makachev had it by unanimous resolution 48-47, 48-47, 49-46.

Unfazed by the jeers, Makhachev declared himself second to none.

“Thankyou Alex, thankyou. It was an excellent combat,” he mentioned.

“I confirmed why I’m No.1. They’ve to enhance extra.

“You want me, or you do not like me, I’m greatest fighter on the earth proper now.”

Volkanovski is predicted to subsequent combat Yair Rodriguez after the Mexcian claimed the interim featherweight belt with a second-round submission victory over Josh Emmett.

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