In opposition to featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski, Islam Makhachev was in a position to efficiently defend his light-weight championship for the primary time. He travelled to Australia, the place his opponent was from, to serve in the primary occasion of UFC 284.
In the primary occasion, the 2 champs placed on a improbable efficiency in a difficult contest that lasted some time. Even though the match was so shut, Makhachev finally prevailed by unanimous resolution. However against his prior matches, the place he beat his opponents with relative ease, the light-weight champion endured the hardest combat of his profession and was clearly weary.
Makhachev mentioned Volkanovski’s edge, which stemmed from the truth that he didn’t have to lose any weight from his typical weight, in an interview with TSN Sports activities’ Aaron Bonsteter. He remarked:
“The individuals anticipate a straightforward combat from me. Like how I take him down, and smash him there however many issues in Australia are totally different. All fighters get up early morning, they don’t give us time for restoration, however Volkanovski doesn’t want time for restoration. He doesn’t lower an excessive amount of weight.”
Islam Makhachev additionally spoke concerning the challenges he encountered whereas he was in Australia.
“That’s why I do know all issues from his aspect of Australia, climate and weight, I simply went to Australia and beat the champion and I don’t care if they provide me the place or not. I simply have my belt. That is an important factor for the fighter. Not simply lower weight, it’s important to get better however they don’t give time for the restoration.”
1-on-1 with @MAKHACHEVMMA on a possible rematch with Volkanovski, who’s subsequent up at light-weight and the difficulties that he had combating in Australia. pic.twitter.com/iPrzMDHNNZ
— Aaron Bronsteter (@aaronbronsteter) March 5, 2023
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