The reigning UFC lightweight champion Islam Makhachev, who announced two days earlier that he plans to finish Alexander Volkanovski on the ground within three rounds, decided to fight the Australian in the standing position.
“Honestly, I want to knock him out because everyone says, ‘Islam grappler, wrestler’ and I want to show people my punching technique. He is a shorty, and I really believe that I can knock him out, ”ESPN quotes the Russian.
Superfight between Makhachev and Volkanovski, in which the Russian will defend the UFC lightweight championship belt, will head the UFC 284 tournament in Perth on February 11.
Alexander Volkanovski, who owns the UFC featherweight championship belt, will put the title of the organization’s best fighter, regardless of weight, on the line.