UFC 294 results: Islam Makhachev knocks out Alexander Volkanovski with early head kick in rematch

Islam Makhachev’s second win over Alexander Volkanovski was much more definitive than the first.

In the UFC 294 main event, Makhachev (25-1 MMA, 14-1 UFC) finished Volkanovski (26-3 MMA, 13-2 UFC) with a head kick and punches at 3:06 of Round 1. The event took place at Etihad Arena on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi.

A left high kick was the game-changer. It was a tool Makhachev used frequently in their first meeting, a fight he won by unanimous decision at UFC 284 in February.

Volkanovski flopped to the mat, along the cage. Makhachev quickly jumped on top and landed short hammerfists as blood leaked down Volkanovski’s face. That’s when referee Marc Goddard dove in.

After the fight, Makhachev voiced his support for Palestine as conflict in the Middle East continues. Volkanovski used his mic time to ask the UFC for more activity and indicated his plan is to return vs. Ilia Topuria.

With the win, Makhachev successfully defends his title for the second time and extends his winning streak to 13. He was initially expected to fight Charles Oliveira, who withdrew due to a cut.

Volkanovski loses for the second time under the UFC banner. His losses to Makhachev bookend a successful featherweight title defense against Yair Rodriguez in July. He is still undefeated in the UFC at featherweight.

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