Light-weight champion Islam Makhachev retained his title with a first-round stoppage of Alexander Volkanovski at UFC 294 on Saturday night time in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
This was a rematch from UFC 284 in February, when Makhachev of Russia received by unanimous resolution. Featherweight champion Volkanovski of Australia, taking the combat 11 days earlier, moved as much as the 155-pound restrict to be a substitute Saturday for former light-weight champion Charles Oliveira, who suffered an damage throughout coaching.
This combat did not get previous 3:06 of the primary spherical. The 31-year-old Makhachev (25-1-0, 5 KOs) took down the 35-year-old Volkanovski (26-3, 13 KOs) with a head kick and completed him off with strikes on the bottom.
Within the co-main occasion, Chechen middleweight Khamzat Chimaev defeated Kamaru Usman by majority resolution (29-27, 29-27, 28-28).
Usman, 36, thought to be among the finest fighters of his technology and a former UFC welterweight champion, had taken the combat on 11 days’ discover. The Nigeria native and Florida resident crammed in after two different fighters, Paulo Costa and Jared Cannonier, had been injured.
Chimaev, 29, improved to 7-0 in UFC by dominating the primary spherical, dropping momentum within the second and getting a takedown within the third earlier than a flurry of motion to the ultimate bell.
On the undercard, the sunshine heavyweight bout between Magomed Ankalaev and Johnny Walker of Brazil was declared a no contest due to the previous’s unintended foul at 3:13 of Spherical 1.
Walker took the unintentional and unlawful knee to the pinnacle whereas his knee was touching the canvas. Walker needed to proceed the bout however the cage-side doctor dominated him ineligible, a lot to his displeasure, and he motioned Ankalaev to maintain combating earlier than the state of affairs was managed.