ISLAM MAKHACHEV BARELY SCRAPES DECISION AGAINST ALEXANDER VOLKANOVSKI, YAIR RODRIGUEZ CHOKES OUT JOSH EMMETT

Timothy JamesTimothy James
March 17, 2023

The battle for the PFP spot lived up to its name – with Islam Makhachev and Alexander Volkanovski delivering an all-timer at UFC 284.

ISLAM MAKHACHEV BARELY SCRAPES DECISION AGAINST ALEXANDER VOLKANOVSKI, YAIR RODRIGUEZ CHOKES OUT JOSH EMMETT | Inside Fighting

Nobody gave Alexander Volkanovski much of a chance against Islam Makhachev – but he proved why he was the #1 PFP fighter on the UFC roster at UFC 284. The main event delivered a battle for the ages – with Volk finding a way to make Islam Makhachev look human for the first time in a long time.

The fight was more competitive than anyone anticipated – with both men finding their moments in the standup. However, the most surprising aspect was how well Volkanovski handled Makhachev’s signature grappling – he was taken down multiple times, but defended incredibly well – finding his way back to his feet many times throughout the fight.

The first 3 rounds were razor close – but in the fourth, Makhachev landed an early takedown and held Volkanovski in a body triangle against the cage. He ended up with over 4 minutes of control time in the round – meaning Volk likely needed a finish to salvage the fight going into the fifth.

Against all odds, Volk almost got it done, knocking Islam down with just over a minute left in the fight.

Volk finished the round by raining down ground-and-pound – but it wasn’t enough to get the nod from the judges. Islam Makhachev remained lightweight champion, winning via unanimous decision (49-46, 48-47 x 2).

The fight was so close that many believed Volk should have won – including Joe Rogan and Nate Diaz.

In the co-main event, Yair Rodriguez became the second Mexican-born UFC champion – defeating Josh Emmett via triangle choke in round 2. He’s lined up for a showdown against Volkanovski – though some believe that the fight with Islam was so good, it should be run back immediately.

Rodriguez put on a convincing performance – picking apart Emmett from a distance with his wide range of kicks and punches. Emmett landed a few right hands that briefly wobbled Yair – but it wasn’t enough to stop the onslaught.

A featherweight showdown between Alexander Volkanovski and Yair Rodriguez is a bonafide banger, and “El Pantera” proved that he’s the next title challenger at 145. Whether or not he’ll get a chance to unify the belt later this year remains to be seen.

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