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Islam Makhachev vs. Alexander Volkanovski Odds: 57% of Bets on Makhachev to Beat Volkanovski

The Lightweight bout between Islam Makhachev and Alexander Volkanovski will take place at UFC 284 this weekend. What do the odds for the fight look like? JohnnyCovers takes a closer look.
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Islam Makhachev vs. Alexander Volkanovski Odds: 57% of Bets on Makhachev to Beat Volkanovski

UFC 284, which will be broadcast live from Perth, Australia's RAC Arena on Saturday, February 11th, is just a few days away. MMA fans like myself can't wait. The big lightweight main event between Islam Makhachev (23-1) and Alexander Volkanovski (25-1) is drawing the most attention, despite the card's abundance of notable matches, including a great co-main.

Makhachev will compete against Volkanovski, the UFC Featherweight Champion, to defend his UFC Lightweight championship. If successful, Volkanovski would become just the fifth athlete in UFC history to hold two belts in different weight classes simultaneously. The stakes have never been higher for either fighter, as we take a closer look at both. 

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Islam Makhachev vs. Alexander Volkanovski Start Time, Where to Watch, and Odds

  • When: February 11, 2023
  • Time: 10:00 PM EDT
  • Where: RAC Arena (AUS), Perth, Australia
  • Where to Watch: ESPN+ PPV

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Islam Makhachev (23-1-0)

Considering that Makhachev has won each of his last 11 fights, it's difficult not to favor him here. Additionally, he has defeated each of his previous five opponents, taking four by way of submission and one by way of first-round TKO.

In his most recent contest, Makhachev defeated Charles Oliveira by submission, winning the UFC Lightweight Championship in just two rounds. What's even more surprising is that Makhachev did easy work of Oliveira even though he was riding an 11-fight winning run at the time, receiving "performance of the night" awards in the process.

Alexander Volkanovski (25-1-0)

Volkanovski, however, is sure he can get the job done. The Australian fighter, 34, has won each of his previous 22 matches and has a 25-1 record in mixed martial arts. Since winning the featherweight title, he has successfully defended it four times.

Volkanovski prefers a slower pace of combat that pushes his opponents to their maximum as opposed to Makhachev, who goes for the finish. Volkanovski has won four unanimous decisions and one split decision in his last six fights, which have all gone the distance.

Volkanovski will have more momentum because of the boisterous Australian fans. If it is sufficient to overthrow Islam Makhachev, an unstoppable force, only time will tell.

Islam Makhachev vs Alexander Volkanovski Odds

When this fight was announced months ago, Makhachev opened up as a heavy -490 favorite, with Volkanovski listed around +380 across the board. As the fight nears closer, things have come back down to earth quite a bit, with Makhachev listed as low as -375 (BetMGM). 

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Islam Makhachev vs Alexander Volkanovski Odds & Public Betting Data

As fight night quickly approaches, the public data is nearly split down the middle. According to DraftKings, Makhachev is currently receiving 57% of bets while Volkanovski is receiving 43% of bets. 

How To Bet On Islam Makhachev vs Alexander Volkanovski

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Johnny has been covering the sports betting markets and handicapping games for the better part of the past decade. Along the way, he has written for publications such as All-In Magazine, Blitz Predict, FantasyPros, Betting Pros, Sportsbook Review, and most recently, OddsChecker. In addition to giving out picks on Twitter, Johnny is the host of the podcast The Daily Sports Bet -- a 10 minute or less listen with actionable insights and no fluff or BS. Starting the podcast in June, he closed out 2021 up 26 units with a winning percentage of 55%.

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