Live results: Makhachev wins by first-round KO over Volkanovksi
UFC 294 features an epic lightweight title fight between Islam Makhachev and Alexander Volkanovski live from the Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi. Makhachev-Volkanovksi 2 will be held on Saturday, October 21 at 2 p.m. ET on ESPN+ and will headline a five-fight main card. Ring walks for the main event are projected for 4:15 p.m. ET.
Makhachev (24-1) looks to defeat Volkanovksi for a second time, after winning by unanimous decision in their first meeting at UFC 284 in February. Currently one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the sport, Makhachev has reeled off 12-straight, including a second-round submission victory over Charles Oliveira in 2022.
Volkanovksi (26-2) is seeking revenge from February, as the current UFC featherweight champion once again takes the challenge to make 155 pounds. In his last bout, he successfully defended his featherweight title a fifth time, upending Yair Rodriguez by third-round TKO at UFC 290 in July.
Makhachev was set to fight Oliveira before “Do Bronx” withdrew due to a cut near his right eye, Volkanovski took the fight on 11 days' notice.
Makhachev is favored to win in this bout with -270 odds at DraftKings Sportsbook. Volkanovksi enters a +220 underdog, with the favored method of victory being Makhachev by decision (+165).
We’ll be providing live updates throughout the fight with round-by-round scoring until a winner is determined.
Islam Makhachev vs. Alexander Volkanovski round-by-round results
Round 1 — Makhachev KO
Patient start for both. Makhachev pressures Volkanovski as they now get into a clenching match. Volkanovski now has Makhachev against the cage. Now they’re back squaring up. Faint after faint. Oh my, high left kick STUNS Volkanovski and he’s down. Makhachev throwing haymakers and hammer fists finally finish him. This one is OVER! First round KO for Makhachev.