President of AMC Fight Nights, Kamil Gadzhiev, disagrees with UFC commentator Joe Rogan, who said that the judges robbed Alexander Volkanovski in a fight against Islam Makhachev, giving the Russian fighter the victory.
“Islam was not presented with victory – in fact, he suffered it himself,” Hajiyev said in an interview. Sport24. Is Volkanovski good? Yes, that’s a fact. And Islam is good. A controversial victory is not quite the right word, because he won. This is a very difficult victory in a very close fight.”
“Rogan may be more sympathetic to Volkanovski, and he feels like Volkanovski took the second, third and fifth round, hence the kind of robbery. And those who sympathize with Islam will say that Islam won the first, fourth rounds, and at least one of the second and third, and maybe both, and then generally 49-46.
“My reasoning is that Islam definitely won the first and fourth, and definitely lost the fifth round. And let’s divide the remaining two, although they were quite equal, and it will turn out 3-2 in favor of Islam. Therefore, there is no talk of robbery. I would just take my hat off to Volkanovski and say that he was very good tonight – almost as good as Islam.”
Last weekend at UFC 284 in Perth, Islam Makhachev successfully defended the UFC lightweight championship belt, defeating Alexander Volkanovski by unanimous decision with a score of 49-46 and 48-47 twice in five rounds.