Russian Makhachev’s manager denies that a fighter used a dropper after losing weight
MOSCOW, February 14 – RIA Novosti. According to MMA Junkie, Rizvan Magomedov, manager of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Russian champion Islam Makhachev, denied using droppers to lose weight prior to the fight with Australian Alexander Volkanovski.
On Sunday, Mahachev defeated Volkanovski to defend the UFC lightweight belt for the first time. The bout was run by UFC 284 in Perth, Australia, with all five rounds gone. Makhachev won by unanimous decision. After the fight, Volkanovski speculated that Makhachev may have used rehydration drops. New Zealander Dan Hooker, former rival of Russia and a current member of Volkanovski’s team, made similar accusations. UFC fighters are prohibited from using intravenous therapy as it may help to cover up the use of doping.
Makhachev is 31 years old, he has 24 wins and one loss. The Russian won 12 victories in a row. The Russian defeated Hooker by submission in the first round of UFC 267 in October 2021.
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