Islam Makhachev ended any doubt in his rivalry with featherweight champion Alex Volkanovski finishing him at 3:06 of the first round with a kick to the head and then some ground-and-pound in their bout for the lightweight title in the main event of UFC 294 at Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Makhachev defeated Volkanovski at UFC 284 in February, and the rematch was made when ex-champion Charles Oliveira got cut in training and had to drop out. Volkanovski took the fight on 11 days’ notice.
Makhachev was in command throughout and didn’t need to use his vaunted wrestling skills to defeat the man who presented the biggest challenge of his career.
UFC 294 Recap
The UFC 294 headliner begins with a touch of the gloves. Makhachev starts the striking with a low kick. A little pressure here from Makhachev and he throws another kick. Volkanovski popping the jab out there early. Body kick again for Makhachev. Makhachev measuring for his left hand but he hasn’t thrown it yet. High kick attempt from Makhachev.
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