Islam Makhachev became the UFC lightweight champion in 2022. And now, he’s taken out the pound-for-pound king.
Defending his title for the first time, Makhachev defeated featherweight champ Alexander Volkanovski via unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 49-46) in the UFC 284 main event Saturday night in Perth, Australia.
Makhachev is the first to beat Volkanovski in the UFC. Volkanovski, who’s from Australia, was attempting to become the fifth fighter in UFC history to hold two titles simultaneously but instead saw his 22-fight winning streak come to an end with his first professional loss since 2013.