UFC 284 pre-event facts: Alexander Volkanovski can join exclusive club on home soil

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The UFC returns to Australia for the first time in more than three years Saturday with UFC 284, which takes place at RAC Arena in Perth with a main card that airs on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN and ESPN+.

Two title fights will headline the card “Down Under.” In the main event, just the seventh champion-vs-champion fight in UFC history will unfold with Islam Makhachev (23-1 MMA, 12-1 UFC) set to put his lightweight strap on the line against featherweight kingpin Alexander Volkanovski (25-1 MMA, 12-0 UFC), who moves up in pursuit of a second belt.

With Volkanovski doing business at 155 pounds, the promotion implemented an interim title at 145 pounds. The co-headliner of the card will seeYair Rodriguez (14-3 MMA, 9-2 UFC) clash with Josh Emmett (18-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC) to determine who will get the right to face Volkanovski when he returns to the division.

For more on the numbers behind the entire card, check below for MMA Junkie’s pre-event facts about UFC 284.

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