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Makhachev vs Volkanovski 2 betting picks – UFC 294 main event

Islam Makhachev v Alexander Volkanovski

UFC 294 Main Event Odds & Fight Info

Main Event odds Makhachev -250 at Bovada | Volkanovski +200 at Bovada
When Saturday, October 21 – main card from 10pm GST
Where Etihad Arena – Yas Island, UAE
Watch Live ESPN+ PPV (US), BT Sport (UK), Main Event (AU)

The spotlight shifts to Etihad Arena in the UAE for UFC 294, where the anticipation is palpable for the lightweight title showdown between Islam Makhachev and Alexander Volkanovski, two of the most formidable pound-for-pound fighters in the game.

Their first encounter in Perth, Australia, left fans on the edge of their seats, with Makhachev narrowly clinching the decision victory. However, Volkanovski’s display of strength and versatility across weight classes demonstrated he’s a force to be reckoned with.

Makhachev vs Volkanovski UFC 294 fight preview

Islam Makhachev


Alexander Volkanovski

24-1-0 MMA records 26-2-0
31 Age 35
5’10” Height 5’6″
155lbs Weight 144.5lbs
70.5″ Reach 71.5″
Russia Nationality Australia

Islam Makhachev (24-1-0) enters this rematch with a slight stroke of luck from the judges’ decision. While touted for his grappling prowess, he struggled to maintain dominance on the mat. A late-game scare in the form of a fifth-round drop serves as a stark reminder of his mortality.

Yet, Makhachev remains the dominant force at 155 pounds, unbeaten since a 2015 first-round knockout. The late switch from a submission specialist to a different-style opponent might pose a challenge, but he’s shown remarkable adaptability.

Alexander Volkanovski (26-2-0) made a seamless return to featherweight after his previous bout with Makhachev, dispatching Yair Rodriguez with ease. His reign over the 145-pound division is undeniable, making the move back up to lightweight a logical pursuit for double-champ status.

Arguably, the 35-year-old is better positioned for this second lightweight title fight. His ability to weather Makhachev’s power and strategic use of his physical advantage in their previous bout suggests a well-prepared contender.

Makhachev vs Volkanovski betting predictions

This rematch promises fireworks with compelling arguments on both sides. Makhachev must adjust to a last-minute change of opponent, while Volkanovski hasn’t had the luxury of a full training camp. The challenger gains confidence from the closing moments of their first battle, where he asserted dominance until the final bell.

The surprisingly favourable odds for Volkanovski are intriguing. Makhachev’s recent weight cuts have raised concerns, and Volkanovski’s audacious showing in Perth may have sowed seeds of doubt.

Alexander Volkanovski to win


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