Alexander Volkanovski thinks he beat Islam Makhachev at UFC 284.
Volkanovski – the UFC’s current featherweight champ – was moving up in weight to challenge Makhachev for the lightweight title in the main event of UFC 284. It was a massive fight and heading into the fight, Makhachev was a sizeable favorite but throughout the scrap, Volkanovski was making it a very competitive fight.
When the final bell rang, it was Makhachev winning by decision and after the fight, Volkanovski was disappointed as he knew he could have done more.
Alexander Volkanovski on The Loss
“I could’ve done more, so I’m going to be hard on myself,” Volkanovski said after UFC 284. “A lot of people probably counted me out, like, ‘Oh, wow.’ But I never counted myself out. I expected to win, so I’m disappointed. I know I could’ve done more, could’ve capitalized on things earlier as well. I did think he was going to be stronger, and I could’ve done more earlier. But what do you do? Credit to him, yeah?”
Although Alexander Volkanovski thought he could have done more, he still is proud of his performance. As well, later that day, Volkanovksi watched the fight and shared his thoughts on social media and thought he won rounds 2, 3 and 5 which would mean he would’ve won 48-47.
Just watched the fight, I definitely think I won 2,3 and 5. Surprised I didn’t get my hand raised! Let’s do the rematch, anywhere, anytime! 👊
— Alex Volkanovski (@alexvolkanovski) February 12, 2023
“Just watched the fight, I definitely think I won 2,3 and 5. Surprised I didn’t get my hand raised! Let’s do the rematch, anywhere, anytime!,” Volkanovski wrote on Twitter.
With the loss, Alexander Volkanovski suffered his first defeat in the UFC and is now 25-2 as a pro. The Aussie will now return to the featherweight division and defend his strap against Yair Rodriguez who became the interim featherweight champion at UFC 284. Before the setback to Makhachev, Volkanovski had defended his 145lbs title four times and has picked up notable wins over Max Holloway, three times, Brian Ortega, Korean Zombie, Jose Aldo, and Chad Mendes.