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UFC 284 Predictions - Islam Makhachev vs Alexander Volkanovski

14 Feb 2023
Chris Horton 14 Feb 2023
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  • UFC 284 takes place this weekend
  • Get betting tips for the UFC's return to Australia
  • Islam Makhachev vs Alexander Volkanovski prediction and more!
  • Islam Makhachev vs Alexander Volkanovski Preview
  • UFC 284 Predictions and Best Bets
  • UFC 284 Betting Picks
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Islam Makhachev vs Alexander Volkanovski Preview

It's near impossible to put the magnitude of this fight into words. This is a once-in-a-lifetime fight where the two best fighters of their era face each other in their prime.

Islam Makhachev was touted by many as the best lightweight following the retirement of his legendary team-mate, Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Makhachev rose to the big stage by recording a 10-fight win streak which was topped off by a superb title fight victory over the former king of the lightweights, Charles Oliveira.

He replicates the daunting Dagestani pressure wrestling style of Khabib but also excels by displaying a solid defensive striking game.

The current Lightweight champion has beaten elite competition in Charles Oliveira, Arman Tsarukyan, Dan Hooker and Drew Dober.

His next mission sees him arrive in Australia to chase the accolade of being named the best Pound for Pound fighter in the world, but for that he will have to go through the terminator that is Alexander Volkanovski.

Volkanovski has been the flagbearer of Australian MMA in recent years by asserting himself as a dominant World Champion.

The Australian is riding a serious 22-fight MMA streak including 12 UFC wins and 5 Title fight victories.

Volkanovski has dominated the elites at this weight, including Max Holloway, Jose Aldo, Chad Mendes, Brian Ortega and The Korean Zombie.

He has already earned the respect of fight fans by stepping up to this great challenge of toppling the unbeaten force that is Islam Makhachev.

This will be a great fight and an amazing clash of styles as Makhachev will look to use his size advantage and impose a chain wrestling-heavy game plan.

Volkanovski will utilize his impeccable footwork, speed, and feints to draw desperate takedown attempts while making his opponent pay with counterattacks.

UFC 284 Predictions and Best Bets

Our first best bet comes on a Light Heavyweight undercard fight between Tyson Pedro and Modestas Bukauskas.

Tyson Pedro has looked great since his return and has earned two quick first round knockout wins. We think he's a serious talent who will rise through the ranks.

On the other hand, he faces a last-minute replacement in Modestas Bukauskas who lost his last three UFC fights, out of which two were via finish.

Considering Pedro has a 100% career finish rate, we think at 2/1 the odds for him to win via finish are a steal.

Our next bet comes on our co-main event being fought for Interim Featherweight gold between Yair Rodriguez and Josh Emmett.

This is a great fight and a very close one to call but we like the underdog money on this one.

Josh Emmett is one of the best underdogs to back considering he was an underdog in four of his last five victories.

Our final bet this week comes on our main event. We think the line is completely off on this one and no one should be favoured that heavily in a fight between 2 highly skilled fighters.

So, we will take a different route in this fight and pick this one to go the distance.

We think both fighters have great fight IQ, cardio, defence and durability to tough it out across 25 minutes.

UFC 284 Betting Picks

  • Selection: Tyson Pedro by KO or Submission @2.0
  • Selection: Josh Emmett (Win market) @2.49
  • Selection: Yes, Islam Makhachev vs Alexander Volkanovski (Will the fight go the distance) @2.23
  • Selection: Parlay all Selections @11.11