Featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski and lightweight champion Islam Makhachev. Pound For Pound P4P Volkanovski, who ranked first, and Makhachev, who ranked second, will face off at UFC 284 in Australia on the 12th.
It is Makhachev’s first defense, and it is a challenge for Volkanovski, who has been in power for a long time in the featherweight division, to win the second weight division, but the match prediction is leaning heavily towards Makhachev . 10 out of
11 professionals predicted a complete victory for Makachev (23-1 MMA, 12-1 UFC). Only 1 predicted a win for Volkanovski (25-1 MMA, 12-0 UFC). Last year Makachev, who became champion after defeating Charles Oliveira in October, is on an 11-game winning streak, 8 years undefeated since losing to Adriano Martins in 2015메이저사이트. Volkanovski is 10 years undefeated, 22-fight after his first MMA loss in 2013 . As he said, there is no opponent anymore at featherweight. Tipico Sportsbook has divided Makachev into top dog at -380 and Volkanovski as underdog at +300. It is expected that Makachev will not lose . Fighting with undefeated former lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov stepping down as coach, Makachev told ESPN Sports, “It’s a bit empty, but winning is the same.”
“He is too small. He can roll as he pleases. I know everyone is thinking of grappling. But I want to knock Volkanovski down with a blow. ”
Volkanovski is still not intimidated.
More than 90% of martial arts experts as well as broadcasters, writers, and professional workers around the UFC say he lost, but Volkanovski, like a ‘martial arts genius’, ‘knows how to win’ and was confident of winning the two weight class.
In an interview with Submission Radio, he said, ‘Makachev will lose weight and lose his strength’.
“He doesn’t lose by being small. I always fought the big players and won. It is the same this time. I didn’t even try if I was going to lose. I trained with welterweight and even middleweight. I will show the power of featherweight that surpasses lightweight.”
These are two champions who can’t stand a mouth-to-mouth fight. Everyone shouts before the game. But Volkanovski’s assertion sounds relatively hollow.
He is strong, but because Makachev is stronger, if Volkanovski’s excellent tactical strategy works, a great reversal may occur.