UFC boss promises a ‘STACKED CARD’ for Perth event with a title fight headliner – as the promotion returns to Australia for the first time in four years
- UFC boss Dana White confirms promotions return to Australia in February 2023
- White revealed the card will be ‘stacked’ and will be headlined by a title fight
- UFC 284 will take place on Sunday, February 12 at the RAC Arena in Perth WA
The UFC has confirmed it will be returning to Australia for the first time since 2019, with organisers promising a title fight headliner and a ‘stacked card’ for the Feb. 12 event in Perth.
UFC boss Dana White confirmed the news on Tuesday that UFC 284 will be staged at Perth’s RAC Arena.
UFC boss Dana White (pictured) confirmed the news on Tuesday that UFC 284 will be staged at Perth’s RAC Arena on Sunday Feb 12 – in what he called a ‘stacked’ card with a title fight as a headliner
The fight card for UFC 284 hasn’t been announced as yet, but there is an array of Australian fighters who could feature – including featherweight champion Alex Volkanovski (pictured)
‘Australia, we’re back,’ White said.
‘I’m so pumped we are returning to Perth for UFC 284 – it was an amazing host city in 2018 and this February we’re bringing a stacked card headlined with a championship fight.’
‘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. I will see you there.’
The fight card for UFC 284 hasn’t been announced as yet, but there is an array of Australian fighters who could feature.
Featherweight champion, and pound-for-pound No. 1, Alexander Volkanovski has signaled his interest in competing in front of a home crowd.
Former middleweight champion Robert Whittaker (pictured), who is coming off a decisive win over Marvin Vettori at UFC Paris, is another local who could potentially headline the event
‘There’s an event coming here to Australia,’ he told media in August.
‘I’ll leave it at that, it won’t be too far away, we all know I want to defend the belt and fight in front of a home crowd.
‘I’m on that card if that happens.’
Former middleweight champion Robert Whittaker, who is coming off a decisive win over Marvin Vettori at UFC Paris, is another local who could potentially headline the event.
Western Sydney’s Tai Tuivasa is one of the most popular fighters in the sport, and has recently posted to Instagram that he has an upcoming fight announcement. He could also feature at the Perth event in 2023
Perth local Jack Della Maddalena is also tipped to feature on the card come February. Maddalena, 26, previously impressed in the Dana White Contender Series to earn a contract, before back-to-back first-round TKO wins in the octagon.
Western Sydney’s Tai Tuivasa is one of the most popular fighters in the sport, and has recently posted to Instagram that he has an upcoming fight announcement.
The timing may be right for his return to the octagon after his clash with Ciryl Gane in early September.
Perth last hosted a UFC event in 2018 when Curtis Blaydes defeated Mark Hunt in a heavyweight bout, while Yoel Romero knocked out Luke Rockhold after controversially missing weight.
Exciting Perth local Jack Della Maddalena is also tipped to feature on the card come February
UFC 251 was set to be staged in Perth in June 2020, only for the COVID-19 pandemic to force the event’s cancellation.
‘We are absolutely thrilled to finally be returning to Australia,’ said Peter Kloczko, UFC Vice President of Australia and New Zealand.
‘Our athletes, fans and partners have been extremely patient to have a UFC event back on Australian soil.’