Jul 8, 2023; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Alexander Volkanovski (red gloves) reacts after defeating Yair Rodriguez (blue gloves) during UFC 290 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Oliveira Withdraws! Volkanovski Steps Up for UFC 294 Main Event

Featherweight Champ Alexander Volkanovski Takes on Islam Makhachev

Shocking Turn: Oliveira Out, Volkanovski to Face Makhachev at UFC 294!

In a dramatic turn of events, reigning UFC lightweight champion Charles Oliveira has been ruled out of the UFC 294 main event. Stepping into the breach to face Islam Makhachev will be none other than featherweight champ Alexander Volkanovski.

Sources close to MMA Fighting have confirmed that Oliveira is unable to compete due to undisclosed reasons. This unforeseen change has shaken up the expectations and predictions for the main event bout, originally slated between Oliveira and Makhachev. The new contest sets up a thrilling scenario where Volkanovski, generally fighting at a weight class below, steps up to challenge the lightweight contender Makhachev. As quoted by an insider,

“This is what makes MMA so unpredictable and electrifying.”

While both fighters bring unique skill sets to the Octagon, the change poses questions about preparations and strategies. Makhachev, having prepared for Oliveira, now faces a completely different challenge in Volkanovski.

The unexpected twist ahead of UFC 294 has added an additional layer of intrigue to an already anticipated event. As fans eagerly await this new match-up, the MMA community is abuzz with predictions and speculations.

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