Volkanovski vs Makhachev LIVE: UFC 284 stream, latest updates and how to watch tonight

Alex Volkanovski previews his UFC 284 title fight with Islam Makhachev

Islam Makhachev will defend the UFC lightweight title against featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski tonight, in a meeting between the pound-for-pound No 1 and No 2.

Volkanovski’s dominant run atop the featherweight division has secured him the status of the UFC’s pound-for-pound top-ranked fighter, and now the Australian sets his sights on becoming the promotion’s fifth dual-weight champion ever, taking on Makhachev in Perth.

Volkanovski will therefore have the support of a home crowd in tonight’s main event, which marks Makhachev’s first defence of the lightweight title. The Russian claimed the vacant belt by submitting Charles Oliveira in November, following in the footsteps of his coach and childhood friend Khabib Nurmagomedov as 155lbs champion.

In the co-main event, Yair Rodriguez and Josh Emmett will clash to crown an interim featherweight champion, determining who will be next in line for Volkanovski at 145lbs. Follow live updates and results from the UFC 284 main card and prelims, below.



While we wait for the first main-card fight, why not check out our preview of the main event?

“Your preparation for watching a UFC event may not typically involve reading ancient Chinese philosophical texts, but the crux of tonight’s main event can be traced all the way back to a third-century book entitled the Han Feizi.

“In it, Han Fei wrote of the ‘spear and shield paradox’, of what happens when a spear that can pierce any shield encounters a shield that can withstand any spear. In centuries since, the paradox has been framed as such: What happens when an irresistible force meets an immovable object?

“Perhaps, after Saturday night, the Han Feizi will need updating.”

Alex Pattle12 February 2023 03:08



In the co-main event, Yair Rodriguez and Josh Emmett will clash for the interim featherweight title.

Mexican Rodriguez is one of the most creative strikers in the UFC, while American Emmett is one of the most powerful.

That fight should be enthralling.

Yair Rodriguez (left) faces off with Josh Emmett

(Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Alex Pattle12 February 2023 03:06



The main event sees the UFC’s pound-for-pound No 1 fighter, Alex Volkanovski, take on No 2, Islam Makhachev.

It’s the featherweight champion, Volkanovski, challenging the lightweight champion.

It’s the man with the longest active win streak in the UFC, Volkanovski (12), versus the man with the second-longest (11).

Islam Makhachev (left) faces off with Alexander Volkanovski

(Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Alex Pattle12 February 2023 03:04



Next up? The UFC 284 main card! Here’s how it looks, from first fight to last:

Jimmy Crute vs Alonzo Menifield (light-heavyweight)

Justin Tafa vs Parker Porter (heavyweight)

Jack Della Maddalena vs Randy Brown (welterweight)

Yair Rodriguez vs Josh Emmett (interim featherweight title)

Islam Makhachev (C) vs Alexander Volkanovski (featherweight champion) (lightweight title)

Alex Pattle12 February 2023 03:02


Alex Pattle12 February 2023 03:01



Modestas Bukauskas def. Tyson Pedro via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28).

Alex Pattle12 February 2023 02:59



Pedro vs Bukauskas – Round 3

Now Pedro comes forward with tentative, straight punches, before the fighters grapple against the fence once more.

Bukauskas just misses with a spinning back elbow but lands a series of punches in the final five seconds!

Alex Pattle12 February 2023 02:58



Pedro vs Bukauskas – Round 3

Bukauskas’ cornerman Will Currie calls for his fighter to “f*** up” Pedro in this round.

Bukauskas just misses with a couple of fierce right straights, before tagging Pedro with two left hooks.

Alex Pattle12 February 2023 02:56



Pedro vs Bukauskas – Round 2

Bukauskas catches Pedro on the end of a left hook, and the latter decides to grapple the Lithuanian against the fence.

Bukauskas reverses the position and almost tags Pedro with a hook as the pair separate and move into space.

Pedro is struggling for activity here.

Alex Pattle12 February 2023 02:51



Pedro vs Bukauskas – Round 2

Between rounds, Pedro’s team call for feints into calf kicks, and the Australian obliges early in Round 2.

A bit of inactivity from the fighters otherwise, however, and the crowd becomes a little restless.

Pedro lands an accidental low blow with a front kick as Bukauskas steps forward, and the Lithuanian drops to his knees in pain! We’ll have a brief pause here.

Alex Pattle12 February 2023 02:49

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