Oct 21 2023
Saturday

Etihad Arena, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Main Event
5 rounds contest @ Lightweight
24-1-0
KO 1
KO 1
26-2-0

Belts on The Line

UFC Lightweight Championship

The tape

32
Age
35
5' 10" / 178 cm
Height
5' 6" / 168 cm
70.5" / 179 cm
Reach
71.7" / 182 cm

Tape record

UDSUBKOSUBSUB
Form
KOUDUDKOUD
24
Wins
26
4
By KO
13
17
KO%
50
11
By SUB
3
46
SUB%
12
1
Loses
2
1
Stopped
1
0
Tapped
0
0
Draws
0
2010
Debut
2012
25
Bouts
28
53
Rounds
79
3 hours, 50 minutes
Fight Time
5 hours, 55 minutes

Tape rankings @ Lightweight

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UFC
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-
Bellator
-
1
Tapology
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Islam Makhachev vs Alexander Volkanovski report

Who won Makhachev vs Volkanovski II?

Islam Makhachev beat Alexander Volkanovski by during the main event of UFC 294, on Saturday 21st October 2023 at Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi.

The scorecards were announced as in favor of winner Islam Makhachev.

The fight was scheduled to take place over 5 rounds in the Lightweight division, which meant the weight limit was 155 pounds (11.1 stone or 70.3 KG).

This contest was for the UFC lightweight championship.

Makhachev vs Volkanovski II stats

Islam Makhachev stepped into the octagon with a record of 24 wins, 1 loss and 0 draws, 4 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 11 by submission.

Alexander Volkanovski made his way to the cage with a record of 26 wins, 2 loses and 0 draws, with 13 of those wins by knock out and 3 by submission.

The stats suggested Volkanovski had a massive power advantage over Makhachev, boosting at 50% knock out percentage over Makhachev's 17%.

If the fight went to the ground, their records suggested Makhachev had a massive advantage over Volkanovski, boasting at 46% submission rate over Volkanovski's 12%.

Islam Makhachev was the younger man by 3 years, at 32 years old.

Makhachev had a height advantage of 4 inches over Volkanovski. Despite this, Volkanovski had 2-inch reach advantage.

Makhachev was arguably the less experienced fighter, having had 3 fewer fights, and made his debut in 2010, 1 year and 9 months earlier than Volkanovski, whose first professional fight was in 2012. He had fought 28 less professional rounds, 54 to Volkanovski's 82.

Makhachev vs Volkanovski II form

Makhachev had won 5 of his most recent fights, stopping 1 of them, going to the judges 4 times.

In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had won against Alexander Volkanovski at UFC 284 on 11th February 2023 by unanimous decision in their UFC Lightweight championship fight at RAC Arena, Perth, Western Australia.

Previous to that, he had won against Charles Oliveira at UFC 280 on 22nd October 2022 by unanimous decision in the 2nd round in their UFC Lightweight championship fight at Etihad Arena, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Going into that contest, he had beat Bobby Green at UFC Fight Night on 26th February 2022 by knockout in the 1st round at UFC APEX, Las Vegas, United States.

Before that, he had defeated Dan Hooker at UFC 267 on 30th October 2021 by knockout in the 1st round.

He had won against Thiago Moises at UFC Vegas 31 on 17th July 2021 by knockout in the 4th round at UFC APEX, Las Vegas, United States.

Volkanovski had beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 2 of them, going the distance twice.

In his last fight before this contest, he had defeated Yair Rodriguez at UFC 290 on 8th July 2023 by knockout in the 3rd round in their UFC Featherweight championship fight at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, United States.

Previous to that, he had been beaten by Islam Makhachev at UFC 284 on 11th February 2023 by unanimous decision in their UFC Lightweight championship fight at RAC Arena, Perth, Western Australia.

Going into that contest, he had defeated Max Holloway at UFC 276 on 2nd July 2022 by unanimous decision in their UFC Featherweight championship fight at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, United States.

Before that, he had beat Chan Sung Jung at UFC 273 on 9th April 2022 by knockout in the 4th round in their UFC Featherweight championship fight at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville.

He had won against Brian Ortega at UFC 266 on 25th September 2021 by unanimous decision in their UFC Featherweight championship fight at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas.

Activity check

In terms of activity leading into the fight, Alexander Volkanovski had been fighting more than Islam Makhachev.

Going to this contest, Islam Makhachev had last fought 1 year and 18 days ago, while Alexander Volkanovski's last outing had been 7 months and 21 days ago.

Makhachev's last 5 fights had come over a period of 2 years, 7 months and 12 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 6 months and 10 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 13 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2.6 rounds on average.

Volkanovski's last 5 fights had come over a period of 2 years, 5 months and 4 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 5 months and 26 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 22 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 4.4 rounds on average.

What were the odds on Makhachev vs Volkanovski II?

Islam Makhachev was a 2/5 (-250) favourite going into the contest, while Alexander Volkanovski made his way into the ring at 2/1 (+200) with oddsmakers.

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