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‘Peak MMA!’ Twitter reacts to Alexander Volkanovski’s gutsy performance against Islam Makhachev at UFC 284

The battle between the No. 1 and No. 2 pound-for-pound fighters in MMA did not disappoint. See what the fighters and fans had to say about that wild five-round fight.

Alexander Volkanovski put on a heroic performance at UFC 284 in front of a hometown crowd tonight (Sat., Feb. 11, 2023) in Perth, Australia. But, in the end, Islam Makhachev was just too much for him.

The Dagestani fighter will leave RAC Arena with UFC’s Lightweight title securely around his waist after beating Volkanovski 48–47, 48–47 and 49–46 on the judges’ scorecards. But, Alexander “The Great” has nothing to be ashamed of coming off that loss. He was competitive across all rounds and gave Makhachev the toughest fight of his career. He was still pushing forward in the fifth round and finished the fight on top of Makhachev, raining down ground-and-pound.

It was a very solid performance. But, not enough in the end to beat the 155-pound champion.

Makhachev was just too sharp with his striking, catching Volkanovski as the Australian was forced to rush in to close the gaps. And every time Volkanovski over-extended himself, Makhachev would level change and land a takedown. Volkanovski would fight some off impressively, but not all of them. In the fourth round, Alex found himself trapped in a body triangle with Islam on his back. No amount of angry trash talk or awkward over-the-shoulder punches could change the way that round would go.

But, while Makhachev walked away with the win, he didn’t really beat Volkanovski. The tough Australian walked away from this defeat with his stock up, having made a very competitive Lightweight re-debut against a fighter who is now arguably the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world.

Or is he?

Nevertheless, for a fight many didn’t give Volkanovski a chance in, he made things surprisingly competitive. And it’s a bout that fans may be calling to see again down the road, considering we don’t see anyone who’ll be capable of beating either men in their respective divisions.

Let’s take a look at what all the fighters and fans had to say about that amazing scrap:

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