Over the years, Australia has hosted several UFC PPVs, however, UFC President Dana White believes nothing comes closer to UFC 284 featuring Islam Makhachev and Alexander Volkanovski for the UFC’s lightweight championship.
Makhachev and Volaknovski will headline the UFC 284 card set to take place in Perth, Australia. While the fight will mark Makhachev’s first title defense after winning the lightweight gold against Charles Oliveira back at UFC 280, Alexander Volkanovski will look to create history as he moves up a weight class in his attempt to repeat Conor McGregor’s feat by becoming a two-division champion.
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In the co-main event of the evening, Josh Emmett will take on Yair Rodriguez for the interim featherweight championship. Several other exciting Australian fighters will make their presence felt on the UFC 284 card, and the pre-buzz is nothing less than spectacular.
Dana White says UFC 284 PPV buys will break records
In a recent interaction after the conclusion of UFC Vegas 68, Dana White gave an update on the pre-buys for the UFC 284 PPV. Less than a week shy from UFC 284, White revealed that Makhachev vs Volaknovski is all set to break all PPV records in Australia and New Zealand.
“It’s a monster fight. The gate, just the gate alone, it’s gonna be an MSG type gate, and the pre-buys for pay-per-view…it’s probably gonna break the record for PPVs in Australia and New Zealand.” White said.
What makes this even more special is the fact that a little more than three years ago, Robert Whittaker took on Israel Adesanya for the UFC’s Middleweight Championship in what was a historic night for fight fans around the world.
Earlier, Islam Makhachev had slammed the UFC and Dana White for the lack of promotion for the event. Makhahcev iterated that while there’s a huge buzz in Australia, UFC could have done a lot more in the promotion of the PPV considering the stakes and anticipation for the fight.