Volkanovski's Dramatic Weight Loss for UFC 294 Rematch
By: Babita Singh
Alexander Volkanovski shed 26.5lbs in just 11 days ahead of his
rematch with Islam Makhachev in Abu Dhabi.
The highly-anticipated UFC lightweight title rematch between
Volkanovski and Makhachev
occurred on October 21 in the United Arab Emirates.
Volkanovski's rematch with Makhachev came about because
, Makhachev's original opponent, had to withdraw due to injury.
Volkanovski took on the weight cut challenge on short notice, but his body responded well, and he lost weight rapidly.
Despite the short preparation time, Volkanovski felt the pressure to win the rematch and secure the lightweight title.
, the UFC featherweight champion, moved up in weight to face Makhachev in this significant rematch.
Volkanovski aims to join the elite group of simultaneous double champions in UFC history, which includes Conor McGregor, Daniel Cormier, Amanda Nunes, and Henry Cejudo.
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