UFC 284: Alexander Volkanovski a huge underdog against Islam Makhachev
Alexander Volkanovski and Islam Makhachev will face off in a highly anticipated champion vs. champion match at UFC 284 in Perth, Australia on February 11. The two top pound-for-pound fighters in the UFC are sure to put on a show and with their contrasting styles, fans can expect an exciting and unpredictable battle. The UFC 284 main card will stream exclusively on ESPN+ in the United States. Order the UFC 284 PPV here.
The betting odds for the fight currently favor Makhachev as a -380 favorite, while Volkanovski is listed at +300. This is a significant shift from earlier odds that had the two fighters listed as much closer, with Makhachev at -330 and Volkanovski at +250.
Makhachev, who is known for his strong grappling skills and relentless pressure, has had a string of impressive performances in the UFC and is now not just the new UFC lightweight champion but also regarded as the #2 pound-for-pound fighter in the promotion. Meanwhile, Volkanovski is a well-rounded fighter with strong striking and grappling skills. He has shown time and time again that he can hang with some of the very best fighters to ever compete in the UFC’s featherweight division.
Despite the odds being in Makhachev’s favor, many fans and experts believe that this fight could go either way. The two fighters have vastly different styles, and it remains to be seen how that will play out in the Octagon. Volkanovski’s striking skills and ability to counter may give him an edge, but Makhachev’s grappling and pressure could prove too much for the featherweight champion.
The UFC 284 fight card is packed with more exciting matchups, setting the stage for a thrilling night of action. In addition to the highly anticipated main event between Makhachev and Volkanovski, the co-main event features two of the top featherweight contenders, Yair Rodriguez and Josh Emmett, battling for the interim championship title. The main card also features several other standout matchups, including Jack Della Maddalena vs. Randy Brown in the welterweight division, Justin Tafa vs. Parker Porter in the heavyweight division, and light heavyweight Jimmy Crute making his return against Alonzo Menifield. These exciting matchups and the presence of several top-ranked fighters make UFC 284 one of the biggest events of the year and a must-see for fans of mixed martial arts.
But, of course, the focus will be on the champion vs. champion bout. The odds may favor Makhachev, but Volkanovski should not be counted out.
UFC 284 will stream exclusively on ESPN+ PPV in the United States. Order the PPV now.
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