“I never counted, I expected to win so I’m disappointed. I knew I could have done more,” Volkanovski told reporters.
“There were positions where I thought ‘He’s not strong’… I didn’t immediately capitalize on what I should have done and I realized that later.
“I’m going to watch the fight, do some research, but it’s pretty clear I could have won that fight. That’s why I’m hard on myself.”
Yair Rodriguez previously dominated Josh Emmett in an interim featherweight title fight that established the Mexican as the No. 1 contender to challenge Volkanovski once he loses weight again to defend his belt.
Volkanovski said Rodriguez was a deserving title contender but made it clear he also wanted a rematch with Makhachev.
Hometown welterweight Jack Della Maddalena previously brought down the house with a first-round submission win over American Randy Brown.
It took rising star Della Maddalena just two minutes and 13 seconds to claim the win, knocking Brown down with a powerful punch before applying a naked chokehold that forced his opponent to tap.
The 26-year-old has had first-round wins in each of his first four UFC fights.
Brisbane heavyweight Justin Tafa took just over a minute to knock out Parker Porter, while fellow light heavyweight Jimmy Crute fought American Alonzo Menifield in an entertaining majority draw.
https://www.smh.com.au/sport/heartbreak-as-volkanovski-beaten-in-showdown-20230212-p5cjwz.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_sport Heartbreak when Alexander Volkanovski was beaten in title showdown