Alexander Volkanovski predicts Islam Makhachev will end Dustin Poirier at UFC 302 – however how?

by Christina S. Brown
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Alexander Volkanovski sees Islam Makhachev reigning over the light-weight division for some time.

Makhachev (25-1 MMA, 14-1 UFC) defends his light-weight title towards Dustin Poirier (30-8 MMA, 22-7 UFC) in Saturday’s UFC 302 (pay-per-view/ESPN2/ESPN+) headliner at Prudential Middle in Newark, N.J.

“Islam’s going to be too good,” Volkanovski stated on his YouTube channel. “I believe he’s too secure of a fighter to make errors the place he’s going to get caught towards somebody like Dustin Poirier. Dustin Poirier is a superb fighter. I simply suppose it’s a tough battle for anyone and I don’t see anybody beating Islam for some time – until they catch him, proper?”

In a matchup between two southpaws, former featherweight champion Volkanovski analyzed the place Makhachev may face issues – though he thinks he’s too calculated to fall into them.

“He doesn’t like to return in straight the place he feels in peril,” Volkanovski stated of Makhachev. “He’ll make sure that he’s off heart. His head is off line after which he will get himself again into a greater posture as he’s taking you down. Khabib was like this, as nicely. The posture is just not proper, however he’s doing this to maintain his head off heart and never within the firing line, and he nonetheless does a terrific takedown from there.

“However now he’s going to be doing that with a southpaw fighter. So that you dip, you’re going to be much more comfy taking pictures. If somebody pressures you and will get you off guard, or your intuition response is to shoot, more often than not you’re taking pictures towards orthodox fighters, your head’s going to dip to this aspect. Now you’re dipping to the facility aspect of Poirier as a result of he’s southpaw: energy aspect uppercuts, energy aspect kicks, energy aspect knees.”

Volkanovski fought Makhachev twice – dropping an in depth determination at UFC 284, then getting knocked out of their short-notice rematch at UFC 294. He predicts that Makhachev will put Poirier away.

“I believe Islam is that good the place it’s going to be a end,” Volkanovski stated. “I believe it’s going to be a submission end.”

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