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Islam Makhachev Defeats Alex Volkanovski, Yair Rodriguez Submits Josh Emmett at UFC 284

12 February 2023, Sunday
Islam Makhachev once again demonstrated his high level of wrestling expertise and his skill in counter striking. He used both aspects of his fighting style to secure a unanimous decision win from Alexander Volkanovski and retain his lightweight championship at UFC 284. The judges at the RAC Arena in Perth, Australia all scored it 48-47, 48-47 and 49-46 in favor of Makhachev, ensuring that Volkanovski would not become the 5th double titleholder in UFC history (DAZN scored it 48-47 for Makhachev).

Volkanovski had the advantage of having a supportive home crowd, but despite pushing forward the majority of the time and landing nearly 50 more strikes than his opponent, the lightweight champion's four takedowns and subsequent control time, coupled with effective counterpunches, made it difficult for the Australian to prevail.

Makhachev gave Volkanovski a warning of his counter striking capability from the beginning, when he knocked him down with a precise right. Even though Volkanovski managed to knock Makhachev down twice during the bout, he was not able to inflict more serious damage.

Volkanovski put in a great effort to win the third round but was overwhelmed by Makhachev's well-executed takedown in the fourth. Makhachev was able to secure hold of Volkanovski's leg, stretching him out on the ground and dominating with control time, leaving the Australian exhausted.

Volkanovski completed a courageous effort in the fifth and final round to seal the win, though not without Makhachev functioning effectively with counter-strikes, a knee strike and multiple takedowns. According to DAZN's judges, Makhachev took the first, second and fourth rounds.

Having achieved success, Makhachev declared proudly in the Octagon, "I displayed why I'm No. 1" - referring to the UFC's pound-for-pound rankings - insisting his opponents had more to prove.

Alexander Volkanovski has stated that his opponent failed to take into account his wrestling and grappling skills, and he too, had underestimated the striking range of his adversary, citing that his opponent had landed some shots.
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