Video: UFC 284 cold open highlights Islam Makhachev’s dominance, Alexander Volkanovski’s challenge
History is at stake when the UFC returns to Australia on Saturday.
On Friday, the UFC released UFC 284 cold open video. The card depicts a lightweight title fight between the champion Islam Makhachev (23-1 MMA, 12-1 UFC) and featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovskiy (25-1 MMA, 12-0 UFC).
Makhachev will put his title on the line for the first time; he hasn’t lost in over seven years. Volkanovski, who will be in contention for a second concurrent title, has been undefeated in almost 10 years.
In addition, they will fight for the interim featherweight title. Yair Rodriguez (14-3 MMA, 9-2 UFC) and Josh Emmet (18-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC) with Volkanovski in search of a second lightweight belt.
A video with actor and regular UFC announcer Ron Perlman details two title fights for the promotion’s first visit to Perth in five years.
Watch the cold open UFC 284 video higher.
UFC 284 will take place on Saturday at the RAC Arena in Perth, Australia. The main card airs on pay-per-view after prelims on ESPN and early prelims on ESPN+.
MAIN CARD (Pay-Per-View, 10pm ET)
Champion Islam Makhachev vs Alexander Volkanovski – for the lightweight title
Yair Rodriguez vs. Josh Emmett – for interim featherweight title
Randy Brown vs. Jack Della Maddalena
Parker Porter vs. Justin Tafa
Jimmy Cool vs. Alonzo Menifield
PREVIEW MAP (ESPN/ESPN+, 8:00 pm ET)
Modestas Bukauskas vs. Tyson Pedro
Melsik Baghdasaryan vs Josh Coulibao
Claydson Rodriguez vs. Shannon Ross
Jamie Mullarkey vs. Francisco Prado
PREVIEW MAP (ESPN+, 6:00 pm ET)
Jack Jenkins vs. Don Shinis
Loma Lookboonmee vs. Alice Reed
Blake Bilder vs. Shane Young
Elves Brenner vs. Zubaira Tukhugov
To learn more about the card, visit the MMA Junkie event center to UFC 284.
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