The UFC will finally make its long-awaited return to Australia in February when the RAC Arena in Perth hosts UFC 284.
UFC President Dana White confirmed the exciting news on Tuesday, revealing that a “stacked” fight card will be headlined by a title fight.
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“Australia, we’re back,” White said.
“I’m so excited that we’re returning to Perth for UFC 284 – it was an amazing host city in 2018 and in February we’re bringing a stacked card with a championship fight.
“The Australian fans are some of the best in the world and they’ve had to wait a long time for this. I can’t wait to put on another massive show for them. See you there.”
It has yet to be announced who will be on the card and who will contest the title fight, but there are plenty of Australian fighters who could feature, including featherweight champion and pound-for-pound No. 1 fighter Alex Volkanovski .
The 34-year-old confirmed on Tuesday that he will be the backup for the UFC 280 lightweight title fight between Charles Oliveira and Islam Makhachev later in October.
Volkanovski also wants to become a lightweight champion and he could be on Perth’s card fighting at lightweight or defending his featherweight belt.
His last outing was a dominant victory over Max Holloway in their trilogy bout and the chance to fight in front of a home crowd would be a tantalizing prospect.
Several other Australians could feature on the UFC 284 card, including Rob Whittaker, who lost his middleweight title to Israel Adesanya in Melbourne when the UFC last came to Australia in 2019.
Whittaker recently beat Marvin Vettori and his next opponent would likely be Adesanysa or Alex Pereira.
Elsewhere, heavyweight contender Tai Tuivasa would certainly draw a crowd, while Jack Della Maddalena is likely to make the card after making a strong start to his UFC career.
Della Maddalena lost his first two professional fights but has since enjoyed a 12-fight winning streak with 11 fights finished (10 KOs).
Victorian Jack Jenkins was awarded a UFC contract after catching White’s attention with a bloody victory at Contender Series last month.
“We are absolutely thrilled to finally be returning to Australia,” said UFC vice president for Australia and New Zealand Peter Kloczko.
“Our athletes, fans and partners have been extremely patient in bringing a UFC event to Australian soil. I would like to thank the McGowan Government and Tourism Western Australia for their continued support of the UFC, MMA and for making UFC 284 in Perth possible.