Alexander Volkanovski Admits Fatal Flaw In UFC 294 Showing; Says He Predicted Islam Makhachev Headkick
Volkanovski lost to Makhachev by first-round head kick knockout at UFC 294 last Saturday in Abu Dhabi. After taking the lightweight title rematch on days’ notice, he wasn’t able to get his revenge against Makhachev in what was a quick night in the Octagon for both fighters.
Makhachev’s head kick finish stunned the UFC community and cemented himself as arguably the pound-for-pound best fighter in the world. He has won 13 consecutive fights and could vy for ‘champ-champ’ status next year.
As for Volkanovski, he admitted he wasn’t at his best at UFC 294, despite apparently preparing for Makhachev to make head kicks a big part of the game plan.
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Alexander Volkanovski Predicted Islam Makhachev To Utilize Head Kicks
During a recent video segment on his YouTube channel, Volkanovski admitted that he suspected Makhachev of utilizing head kicks at UFC 294.
“I knew he was eventually going to go high,” Volkanovski said. “I tried to block it…being that volume striker that I usually am, it cost me in this fight. Usually, I throw a lot of volume and there’s a purpose to that. It doesn’t have to land, but I usually make people fight my fight. I don’t give them chances to just set things up, I don’t like letting people think in there. I just stood in front of him, at a range I wanted to fight at, so I could be more dangerous. I knew I’d be in danger there…
“I did everything, I just couldn’t pull the trigger…I wasn’t me in there. You can obviously put that down to preparation. I’m a big believer in preparation, everyone knows that, and I just wasn’t prepared as I usually am.”
Volkanovski will now turn his full attention towards his UFC featherweight title, and a likely matchup with Ilia Topuria next year. He last defended the belt against Yair Rodríguez at UFC 290 back in July.
Volkanovski will get a full camp to attempt to right the wrongs of his most recent showing, and fans can expect to see him rejuvenated and motivated entering the new year.
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