Immediately after their five-round bout, Aleksander Volkanovski and Islam Makhachev agreed to a second bout.
While the relationship between Islam Makhachev and Alexander Volkanovski soured after their epic UFC 284 fight, they were in Perth, Australia. Smiling backstage.
Makhachev won the pound-for-pound fight by unanimous decision, winning 48-47, 48-47, 49-46 (Watch highlights here). In a new video posted on Volkanovski’s YouTube channel, Alexander “The Great” suggested a rematch in Abu Dhabi, and Makhachev agreed.
“Should we do it again?” Volkanovski asked as the two embraced and posed for pictures.
“Of course,” Makhachev replied.
“Maybe Abu Dhabi, yes?” Volkanovski said. “In Abu Dhabi, you deserve it. It’s my turn to get booed.”
“Yes, why not? Abu Dhabi,” Makhachev reiterated in another exchange.
“This time it’s Abu Dhabi. Yeah, it’s fair,” Volkanovski said. “That’s fair enough.”
After all the consequences of their first fight, Makhachev may be less inclined to fight Volkanovsky again. Not only was there some controversy over who actually won the fight, but Volkanovsky’s teammates also came forward and accused Makhachev of cheating.
In a series of tweets, Dan Hook claims Makhachev used IV rehydration after a rigorous weight loss at UFC 284.While the UFC moved quickly to clarify that the use of IVs is not technically prohibited under USADA rules, Western Australian Combat Sports Council rules This practice is expressly prohibited.
While it’s unclear whether Makhachev actually used an IV, he did react angrily to the claims.
“You must be held accountable for allegations like these,” he tweeted.
Whether that makes an immediate rematch between Makhachev and Volkanovski more or less likely remains to be seen. However, it may be necessary if Makhachev is to wrest the top spot on the pound-to-pound chart from Volk.Even after his home win over the Australian, the official UFC rankings Keeping “great” at the top of the list.