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UFC 294 Results: Makhachev vs Volkanovski 2
The UFC 294 results are in for review for Makhachev vs Volkanovski 2. The fights went down on Saturday October 21, 2023 live on pay-per-view with prelims starting at 9:00AM CDT and the main card airing at 1:00PM CDT from Etihad Arena on Yas Island/Yas West United Arab Emirates.
The main event of UFC 294 was changed up with only about 11 days notice for both fighters. The card was originally slated to be the rematch of Charles Oliveira vs Islam Makhachev but a training injury left the former champ unable to compete. With short notice the UFC had to salvage a big card for fans. With just 11 days notice Alexander Volkanovski stepped up to once again seek his double champ status.
The fight began with Islam Makhachev hitting Volkanovski with some heavy rear leg body and leg kicks. They grappled against the cage with neither fighter gaining a clear advantage. They seperated and Makhachev hit another body kick along with a heavy left hand. A moment later and Makhachev threw that rear leg kick high and found its mark. Volkanovski’s brow consequently opened up, and some follow up hammer fists to the dwindling consciousness of the ‘Great One’ had the referee in the mix waving off the fight.
Islam Makhachev undoubtedly settled the rivalry in stunning fashion. Volkanovski was consequently humble in defeat. Finally, Makhachev used his platform to condemn the Israel-Hamas war. Both fighters showed true class indeed.
The co-main event featured former champion Kamaru Usman facing the undefeated phenom Khamzat Chimaev. Kamaru Usman was undoubtedly looking to rebound from two back to back losses in welterweight champion fights against Leon Edwards. Chimaev looked to showcase his skills and furthermore make a case for a championship fight of his own, against current middleweight champion Sean Strickland.
Khamzat Chimaev wasted no time shooting for a takedown against the former champion. With just about a minute into the first round Chimaev secured the takedown and indeed had Usman’s back. He remained a threat to Usman during the round, threatening submissions and peppering shots. Usman, to his credit, defended the submissions and even slammed Chimaev to avoid a rear-naked choke. However, it was an extremely dominant round for Chimaev.
Round 2 had a more reserved Chimaev stalking Usman though he certainly found some success striking with body kicks. The slowed pace could have been contributed to an injury of Chimaev’s hand that was later discovered. Usman continued to stay competitive on the feet and Chimaev decided to take it back to the mat when he shot a double and was held in position with minimal damage done until the end of the round.
The two met in the middle for the third round, despite Chimaev establishing himself as the aggressor. Three minutes remained in the round and the two were slugging it out, however, it was Usman who got the better of most of the exchanges. Chimaev secured another takedown halfway through the round and he worked from half guard peppering the body of Usman. With only 30 seconds remaining in the fight Usman got to his feet and the two slugged it out in the center until the bell.
In the end, despite a great night of action, Chimaev won by majority decision with two judges scoring it 29-27 and one scoring it 28-28. Chimaev remains a difficult riddle for the UFC roster to contend with and undoubtedly this fight should silence the doubters. Consequently, if things work out in Chamaev’s favor, he is likely to face Sean Strickland in a title fight next.
UFC 294 Results: Makhachev vs Volkanovski 2
MAIN CARD (AIRED ON pay-per-view 1:00PM CDT)
- Islam Makhachev #c (25-1-0), (-340) vs Alexander Volkanovski (26-3-0), (+270) – lightweight title bout – Makhachev by round 1 KO
- Kamaru Usman #1 (20-5-0), (+285) vs Khamzat Chimaev #4 (14-0-0), (-360) – middleweight bout – Chimaev by unanimous decision
- Magomed Ankalaev #2 (18-1-1), () vs Johnny Walker #7 (21-7-0), () – light heavyweight bout – No contest
- Ikram Aliskerov #11 (16-1-0), (+100) vs Warlley Alves (15-8-0), (-120) – middleweight bout – Aliskerov by 1st round KO/TKO
- Said Nurmagomedov (18-3-0), (-185) vs Muin Gafurov (18-6-0), (+154) – bantamweight bout – Nurmagomedov by 1st round submission
PRELIMS (AIRED ON ESPN+ AT 9:00AM CDT)
- Tim Elliott #10 (20-13-1), () vs Muhammad Mokaev #11 (11-0-0), () – flyweight bout – Mokaev by 3rd round submission
- Mohammad Yahya (12-4-0), () vs Trevor Peek (9-1-0), () – lightweight bout – Peek by unanimous decision
- Javid Basharat (14-0-0, 1NC), () vs Victor Henry (23-6-0, 1NC), () – bantamweight bout – No contest
- Abu Azaitar (14-4-1, 1NC), () vs Sedriques Dumas (9-1-0), () – middleweight bout – Dumas by unanimous decision
- Mike Breeden (11-6-0), () vs Anshul Jubli (7-1-0), () – lightweight bout – Breeden by 3rd round KO/TKO
- Nathaniel Wood (20-6-0), (-310) vs Muhammad Naimov (10-2-0), () – featherweight bout – Naimov by unanimous decision
- Viktoriia Dudakova (8-0-0), () vs Jinh Yu Frey (11-10-0), () – women’s strawweight bout – Dudakova by unanimous decision
- Shara Magomedov (12-0-0), () vs Bruno Silva (23-10-0), () – middleweight bout – Magomedov by unanimous decision
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