The UFCs return to Perth was a massive hit, as UFC 284 delivered huge, marking the second successful PPV of 2023. The highlights continued across the card, delivering on all accounts to give the fans some great fights and even more outstanding performances.
Lets look at the results:
Islam Makhachev def. Alexander Volkanovski (Unanimous decision: 49-46, 48-47, 48-47)
This fight exceeded expectations and then some. Volkanovski, although entering as a massive underdog, put on an incredible performance alongside Makhachev. The fight would favor Makhachev initially, but as the fight labored on, Volkanovski would continue to pressure and have his most successful round in the fifth. However, the rally came too late, and the Lightweight Champion retained his title in an incredible fight via unanimous decision.
Yair Rodriguez def. Josh Emmett (Triangle choke: at 4:19 in Round 2)
A phenomenal performance from Rodriguez, claiming the interim Featherweight Championship. He found quick success with his striking, ramming kicks into Emmetts' midsection and picking him apart from a distance. Although he ate some huge shots during heated exchanges, he solidified his win with a submission victory in the second round, earning his shot at Volkanovski next.
Jack Della Maddalena def. Randy Brown (Rear naked choke: at 2:13 in Round 1)
A Welterweight star is born. Della Maddalena passes his toughest test to date in style. Brown tried to use his reach advantage to pick the Aussie apart from a distance, but as soon as Della Maddalena closed the distance, a tight right hook, and some lethal ground and pound strikes closed the show in Perth.
Justin Tafa def. Parker Porter (KO: 1:06 in Round 1)
It was a quick night in the office for Justin Tafa, securing the KO victory just over a minute into the fight. Porter overcommitted on a straight and a quick right cross knocked him out cold. This fight proved you can't play with the power of Tafa, now having won all six of his victories by KO/TKO.
Jimmy Crute draws with Alonzo Menifield (Majority draw: 29-27, 28-28, 28-28)
A wild bout between the two Light-Heavyweights shockingly goes the distance. Menifield was the better striker, and Crute was the superior wrestler, leading both fighters to succeed in their established area. Menifield claimed two knockdowns, and Crute secured six takedowns. A point deduction in the third round due to a blatant cage grab from Menifield led the fight to a competitive draw.
Modestas Bukauskas def. Tyson Pedro (Unanimous decision: 30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
The short-notice gamble paid off for Bukauskas, securing a decisive victory over the hometown favorite Pedro. A slow fight between the two saw Bukauskas be more active on the feet to secure the win, placing himself back into the UFC roster.
Josh Culibao def. Melsik Baghdasaryan (Rear naked choke: at 2:02 in Round 2)
Culibao raised the roof in Perth, handing Baghdasaryan his first loss inside the UFC banner. After a competitive kick-heavy first round, mid-way through the second, he jabbed and caught the leg of Baghdasaryan, took him to the ground and secured the submission.
Kleydson Rodrigues def. Shannon Ross (TKO: at 0:59 in Round 1)
Rodrigues came to make a statement, and a statement was made. Coming off a highly controversial split decision loss, he was determined not to leave it to the judges. He flurried at Ross from the opening bell and caught him with a lead hook alongside a barrage of punches to spell the end of the bout not even a minute into the contest.
Jamie Mullarkey def. Francisco Prado (Unanimous decision: 30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Mullarkey pulled off the win in front of his fans with a safe game plan, putting on an excellent performance against the debuting Prado, using his wrestling to break up the striking exchanges to secure a clear unanimous victory.
Jack Jenkins def. Don Shainis (Unanimous decision: 30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Jenkins and Shainis would close out the early prelims with a bang. Both fighters would succeed with their striking, but Jenkis managed to pull away with his wrestling and higher striking output to secure the decision victory in his home country.
Loma Lookboonmee def. Elise Reed (Rear naked choke: at 0:44 in Round 2)
Lookboonmee would utilize her full arsenal in this bout. She demonstrated her power advantage early, especially when she struck Reed with leg kicks. This would force Reed to overcommit on a straight, allowing Lookboonmee to secure an easy takedown and lock up the rear naked choke at the start of round two.
Blake Bilder def. Shang Young (Unanimous decision: 30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Biler and Young would have a great tear-up across three rounds. Bilder would be the more active and accurate fighter through the contest, slamming low-leg kicks consistently. The two knew who won at the end of the bout, and Bilder picked up the unanimous decision victory.
Elves Brener def. Zubaira Tukhugov (Split decision: 29-28, 30-27, 28-29)
A massively controversial decision spoiled a competitive fight between Brener and Tukhugov. Tukhugov would start slow but outstrike and out-grapple Brener for the rest of the bout. The judges didn't see the fight the same way the fans scored it, as they awarded Brener the victory via split decision.
Overall, it was a fantastic night at for Perth. What what your favourite moment of the night, and how do you see Volkanovski vs. Rodridguez playing out? As a member of the Verdict Community, let us know your thoughts and prediction in the comments below.