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Islam Makhachev vs Alexander Volkanovski is the main event at UFC 284 this weekend. Will we get a quick finish? Lightning Locks answers.
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Islam Makhachev vs. Alexander Volkanovski Prediction: Will We Get a Quick Finish in UFC 284 Main Event?

This weekend sees the UFC's return to Perth, Australia. UFC 284 is truly laying out and conveying the sentiment once and no draw who is the pound-for-pound greatest combatant of them all. Let's get into my prediction, pick, and odds for Makhachev vs. Volkanovski.

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

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

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Islam Makhachev vs. Alexander Volkanovski Prediction

Islam Makhachev emerges out of the fray and into the frying pan the greatest threat the land from down under has ever seen. Alexander "The Average" Volkanovski looks to join the coveted double champ camp, as while not risking anything but a fictitious marketing term on paper, in actuality has the potential to walk away from the arena a prolific, bonafide Ultimate Fighting Championship legend. 

But does anyone realistically give the Aussie Assassin a chance against the Devastating Dagestani? Marketing ploys aside the fact of the matter is that Volkanovski will give up almost six inches of height when juxtaposed with the imposing Makhachev, as well as surrendering a stylistic attribute in the form of the hellacious grappling that will no doubt come to blows during the match.

Perhaps what Alexander can do to hoard off the impending takedowns and inevitable submission attempts is to skirt alongside the fence and point fight as his literal life depends on it, fencing Islam with a tight jab and not daring to throw anything else. 

At the end of the day however, because of Volkanovski's probable cat-and-mouse strategy of sticking and moving to avoid a ground mauling, combined with Makhachev's penchant for securing the offensive grappling and nothing else, leads me to believe that wagering on the fight to complete two rounds is the best course of action. A bet on the over will lead to safe cash as the pair will no doubt be playing a glorified game of red rover.

Islam Makhachev vs. Alexander Volkanovski Pick

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