Highlights, updates and analysis of the rematch between Islam Makhachev and Alex Volkanovski; Makhachev outperforms Usman

Highlights, updates and analysis of the rematch between Islam Makhachev and Alex Volkanovski;  Makhachev outperforms Usman

Expect fireworks on Saturday in the main event of UFC 294 in Abu Dhabi, where lightweight champion Islam Makhachev will take on featherweight champion Alex Volkanovski in a rematch of the Fight of the Year nominee from earlier this year. The two champions went head-to-head at UFC 284 on February 11 in Australia, but it was Makhachev who won the hotly contested bout via unanimous decision and retained his lightweight title.

On Saturday, Volkanovski will get another chance to become a two-division champion after Makhachev’s original rival, Charles Oliveira, withdrew due to an injury he sustained during training. Volkanovski told Yahoo Sports that he accepted the fight with only 11 days’ notice, so that “his picture will be on people’s walls one day.”

The co-main event also features the short-notice substitution of former welterweight champion Kamaru Usman, who replaced Paulo Costa, who was injured by staph, against unbeaten Khamzat Chimaev at 180 pounds. Usman will make his middleweight debut after accepting the Chimaev fight in just 10 days.

Stay tuned to Yahoo Sports and follow our live tracker below for all the news and results from the stacked card.

UFC 294 live results, highlights, and analysis

date: Saturday, October 21, 2023
Introductory time: It’s 10 a.m. ET
Main card time: 2 p.m. ET
location: Etihad Arena, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
television: PPV
flow: ESPN+ BPV

UFC 294 main card results, odds, and features (Live now on ESPN+ PPV)

• Lightweight Championship: Islam Makhachev (C) (-275) vs. Alexander Volkanovski (+225)
• Middleweight: Khamzat Chimaev defeated. Kamaru Usman by majority decision (29-27, 29-27, 28-28)
• Light heavyweight: Magomed Ankalaev vs. Johnny Walker ends in a no contest (unforced foul) at 3:13 of the first round.
• Middleweight: defeated Ikram Aliskerov. Warley Alves by TKO (knee and punches) at 2:07 of round one:

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• Bantamweight: Said Nurmagomedov defeated. Moin Gafurov via submission (guillotine choke) at 1:13 of R1:

UFC 294 full preliminary results and highlights

• Flyweight: Mukayev defeated. Tim Elliott via submission (head and arm choke) at 3:03 of R3
• Lightweight: Trevor Beck def. Muhammad Yahya by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
• Bantamweight: Javed Basharat vs. Victor Henry ends in a no contest (cross low kick) at 0:15 of R2
• Middleweight: defeated Cédric Dumas. Abu Zuaiter by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
• Lightweight: Mike Breeden defeated. Anshul Gobley by KO (punches) at 3:00 of R3:

• Featherweight: Muhammad Naimov was defeated. Nathaniel Wood by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
• Women’s strawweight: Victoria Dudakova defeated. Jane Yu Fry by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
• Middleweight: defeated Chara Magomedov. Bruno Silva by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

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