Reactions to Islam vs Volkanovski 2 at UFC 294: Curtains are down at UFC 294, and lightweight king Islam Makhachev defeated featherweight great Alexander Volkanovski by a third-minute head kick. On one side, it was blissful to see Makhachev shutting up the doubters once again; on the other end, it was difficult to see Volkanovski falling down, as we all love the greatness in him as a fighter as well as a person.
Reactions to Islam vs Volkanovski 2 at UFC 294
Following the fight, the pundits as well as the netizens reacted to the fight, expressing their opinions.
UFC commentator Paul Felder didn’t lose any admiration for the Australian champ.
“The guy took it on 11 days’ notice and we sat here all this week and not lying, truthfully thought he had a chance of going out there and winning,” He continued, “That’s what we think of Alexander Volkanovski and how big of a talent he is, how much of a champion he is. But ultimately, we’re dreamers a lot in this sport. We love the underdog. We love the Rocky story… sometimes reality checks you.”
He also called Makhachev the best lightweight on the planet right now. “It’s like, no – this guy has been preparing for a full training camp life after. He’s obviously the best lightweight in the world right now and he did what he did.”
UFC legend Daniel Cormier, who also called the fight, was happy for his friend Makhachev to win. But at the same time, he expressed his sadness at Volk losing like that.
“We were reminded tonight that Islam is the best in the world,” Cormier said, “But when you think about Alex Volkanovski, what a savage to step up in this position. To me, I was looking at my face as he was getting finished and while I’m happy for Makhachev of course, you feel like Volkanovski lost his opportunity to become a double champ at some point.
“Because now it was so definitive that he may not get his chance again. But, this dude is already spinning it forward. In less than three months he’s like: ‘Let me get Ilia Topuria’. But that is the champion that ‘Volk’ is and we don’t think that he can win based on anything false. All he’s shown us is absolute greatness and I don’t think him losing tonight diminishes anything. He’s still the featherweight champion.”
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