Islam Makhachev edged Alexander Volkanovski to retain his UFC lightweight title after a gripping five-round battle at UFC 284 in Perth, Australia.
The two championship bouts at the top of the fight card at UFC 284 were officially rubber-stamped after all four of the fighters involved made championship weight in Perth.
Islam Makhachev certainly isn't easing himself into life as the undisputed UFC lightweight champion. Rather than contenting himself with a title defense against a top 155-pound contender, the newly-crowned champion has bigger goals in his sights.
Alexander Volkanovski says prep and smarts will be key to victory at UFC 284: ‘Fight IQ is definitely gonna have to come into play’
Alexander Volkanovski thinks that talent and skills alone won't be enough to dethrone UFC lightweight champion Islam Makhachev at UFC 284, but says he has the key attribute needed to get the job done.
Alexander Volkanovski may be considered the underdog as he prepares to move up a weight class to challenge newly-crowned lightweight champion Islam Makhachev, but he's received the backing of a man who knows the fight game inside out.