UFC 284 Picks - Islam Makhachev vs Alexander Volkanovski Prediction

Alexander Volkanovski vs. Islam Makhachev

UFC: Saturday, February 11th at 10:00 PM

The Line: -- Alexander Volkanovski +310 / Islam Makhachev -380 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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Islam Makhachev and Alexander Volkanovski face off on Saturday for the Lightweight title in the main event of UFC 284 at the RAC Arena in Perth, Australia. 

Makhachev vs Volkanovski Odds

Makhachev is currently sitting as the favorite at -380 while Volkanovski is the underdog sitting at +310. The total rounds currently sit at 2.5 rounds with the over sitting at -165. 

Islam Makhachev Betting Preview

Islam Makhachev comes into this fight with a 23-1 record overall and he has won 11 fights in a row. In his last fight against Charles Oliveira in October of 2022 he was able to lock in an arm triangle and secure the win. Each of his last five fights has been by finish. Four of the fights were by submission win and the other fight was by knockout. Makhachev is averaging 2.37 significant strikes per minute while absorbing 0.95 significant strikes per minute. He is averaging 3.42 takedowns every 15 minutes and is successful on 65 percent of his takedown attempts. He also stops 88 percent of his opponent's takedown attempts. He is a submission artist and averaging 1.3 submission attempts every 15 minutes. 

Alexander Volkanovski Betting Preview

On the other side of this matchup is Alexander Volkanovski who sits with a 25-1 record overall and since coming into the UFC he has gone a perfect 12-0. In his last fight against Max Holloway in July of 2022 he outstruck him 199-127 and that was enough for a unanimous decision victory. Two fights ago against the Korean Zombie, he was able to win the fight by knockout. He is averaging 6.79 significant strikes per minute while absorbing 3.53 significant strikes per minute. He is averaging 1.71 takedowns every 15 minutes and he is successful on 36 percent of his takedown attempts. He also stops 76 percent of his opponent's takedown attempts. 

Shane’s Free Pick

Volkanovski is a well rounded fighter and he does a good job of adjusting to his opponents style to find success. He also has a 71 inch reach which is going to really help him on the ground. Makhachev is coming off an impressive victory over Oliveira but I still have concerns about the type of opponents he has fought. Volkanovski is being given no respect with this line, and he is going to find the success on the feet, and do enough to not get finished on the ground. Back Volkanovski to pull the upset.

Shane’s Pick Alexander Volkanovski ML +310

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