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UFC 284: Islam Makhachev retains title with controversial win over Alexander Volkanovski

Islam Makhachev (24-1-0) is still the undisputed UFC lightweight champion of the world after defeating Alexander Volkanovski (25-2-0) via unanimous decision Saturday night at RAC Arena in Perth, Australia.

Makhachev, 31, now the top pound-for-pound fighter, is riding a 12-fight winning streak after overcoming his Australian opponent.

Volkanovski, 34, put up an incredible fight that saw Makhachev get knocked down late in the final round.

The Australian could have won a second UFC title belt, become the No. 1 PFP fighter in the world and continue his 12-fight winning streak, but he couldn't finish the job.

The judges' controversial decision should not come as a surprise to anybody because Makhachev was more efficient, and pulled off four of nine takedowns, while Volkanovski failed on all four of his attempts.

Makhachev vs. Volkanovski, an instant classic

Fans of the sport will always argue with the decision. Unless they see a knocked out individual, nothing will convince them their fighter lost.

This time, Volkanovski fans actually have the right to argue, but it won't change the fact that the fight was an instant classic, a martial arts masterclass.

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