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The odds of Alexander Volkanovski becoming the next UFC fighter to hold titles in two different weight classes aren’t particularly high.
At UFC 284, most likely on February 11, 2019, in Perth, Australia, Volkanovski (25-1 MMA, 12-0 UFC) will defend his featherweight championship against Islam Makhachev (23-1 MMA, 12-1 UFC), the recently crowned lightweight champion.
This is only the seventh occasion in UFC history that two active champions have met inside the Octagon. The score is a tie, 3-3, between the heavier and lighter categories.
Bettors are placing a heavy emphasis on Makhachev winning this matchup against Volkanovski.
DraftKings had had Makhachev pegged as a -400 favorite. In spite of being the underdog, Volkanovski had a +300 payout if he won.
Shortly after the conclusion of UFC 280, in which Makhachev and Volkanovski met inside the octagon, enough money came in on Volkanovski to push the odds on Makhachev down. At the moment, he is -305, while Volkanovski is +255.
Dana White, president of the UFC, said after the bout that the matchup between the two champions was likely to happen.
This competition is unlike anything else. In the UFC, Makhachev has won 11 straight bouts. Volkanovski has won 12 straight bouts inside the octagon. After Makhachev vs. Charles Oliveira at UFC 280, this will be only the second bout in company history between competitors with double-digit victory streaks.
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