Islam Makhachev will defend his lightweight title against Alexander Volkanovski at UFC 284 on Saturday in Perth, Australia. It is arguably one of the biggest champion vs. champion matchups in UFC history as Volkanovski attempts to add his name to the record books.
Volkanovski challenging Makhachev in his home country will likely lead to a wild atmosphere on Saturday in Perth. He’s a massive star in Australia and New Zealand after claiming the UFC’s pound-for-pound No. 1 ranking.
As Volkanovski is hours away from his showdown with Makhachev, interest in the super fight is exploding amongst UFC fans in the region.
Dana White: UFC 284 Could Surpass PPV Record In Australia & New Zealand
It’s uncertain what the McGregor-headlined card that White was referring to is.
McGregor could potentially set more pay-per-view records later this year when he faces Michael Chandler in his return. He and Chandler will face off as coaches on the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter.
Despite the trends, Makhachev doesn’t feel that UFC 284 has been promoted well by the company. White’s Power Slap League, along with other UFC-related events, have divided the attention of some in the fight community.
If UFC 284 surpasses McGregor’s record, Makhachev might not be unhappy with the UFC’s event marketing for much longer.
All quotes from MMA Mania