UFC 284 PPV “Makhachev Vs Volkanovski” + Weekly MMA Report

We had a pretty much weird card last weekend, as it aired a bit late for the USA time. Yet, there were many finishes. The main event was one-sided demolition, as Serghei Spivac destroyed Derrick Lewis in the first round with a fabulous submission, which impressed Dana White, who gave him the Performance of the Night award.

Other POTN awards went into the hands of Rinya Nakamura, who smoked Toshiomi Kazama in the early stages of the first round, Anshul Jubli, who stopped Jeka Saragih with a great combo of ground and pound shots, and prelim opener Tatsuro Taira, who submitted Jesus Santos Aguilar with a first-round triangle armbar.

Unfortunately, Fedor Emelianenko was forced to retire with a loss in the main event of Bellator 290 – Ryan Bader smoked him out in the rematch. “The Last Emperor” hung up his gloves after this loss.

This event is going to be the fireworks. The UFC travels across the pond to Australia for another lovely pay-per-view, UFC 284, headlined by the clash between the current 155-pound king Islam Makhachev and the 145-pound division champion Alexander Volkanovski.

UFC 284 Makhachev vs Volkanovski

Image source: UFC Brasil Twitter

Makhachev is one of the most dominant wrestlers to ever step inside the Octagon. If he drags you to the canvas, it is almost impossible to work your way back on your feet. His right hook rocks, plus his defensive skills are amazing.

Volkanovski is one of the greatest all-around fighters, and probably the most powerful 145er at the moment. The former rugby player spends hours in the gym every day, which explains his super-human strength. Makhachev will have to stay away from his punches by any means necessary.

Prediction: Makhachev to win

The co-main event hosts the combat between Taekwondo black belt and superb kicker Yair Rodriguez and extremely tough Josh Emmett. As long as Emmett keeps the fight on the ground he should be fine, but Yair’s takedown defense and long-range strikes are by far the best in the 145-pound division.

Prediction: over 2.5 rounds

Please take a look at the rest of the card, but please check this link due to a potential last-minute changes.

Main Card (ESPN+ PPV, 10 PM ET, 3 AM UK time)

UFC Lightweight Championship: Islam Makhachev (23-1-0) vs. Alexander Volkanovski (25-1-0)

UFC Interim Featherweight Championship: Yair Rodriguez (14-3-0) vs. Josh Emmett (18-2-0)

Welterweight: Randy Brown (16-4-0) vs. Jack Della Maddalena (13-2-0)

Heavyweight: Justin Tafa (5-3-0) vs. Parker Porter (13-7-0)

Light Heavyweight: Jimmy Crute (12-3-0) vs. Alonzo Menifield (13-3-0)

Preliminary Card (ESPN, ESPN+, UFC on Fight Pass, 8 PM ET, 1 AM UK time)

Light Heavyweight: Tyson Pedro (9-3-0) vs. Modestas Bukauskas (13-5-0)

Featherweight: Joshua Culibao (10-1-1) vs. Melsik Baghdasaryan (7-1-0)

Flyweight: Kleydson Rodrigues (7-2-0) vs. Shannon Ross (13-6-0)

Lightweight: Jamie Mullarkey (15-5-0) vs. Francisco Prado (11-0-0)

Early Prelims (ESPN+, UFC On Fight Pass, 6 PM ET, 11 PM UK time)

Featherweight: Jack Jenkins (10-2-0) vs. Don Shainis (12-4-0)

Strawweight: Loma Lookboonmee (7-3-0) vs. Elise Reed (6-2-0)

Featherweight: Blake Bilder (7-0-1) vs. Shane Young (13-6-0)

Featherweight: Zubaira Tukhugov (20-5-1) vs. Elves Brenner (13-3-0)

Here are my predictions for the upcoming UFC 284 card:

This is going to be one of the best events of the year, two title fights are on the line. Don’t miss this amazing event, it kicks off on Saturday at 6 PM ET!

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