The 2024 calendar was kicked off by some huge announcements by Dana White. We're going to cover everything currently known about UFC 298, including the location, date, and fights on the card.
UFC 298 will go down on February 17th, 2024. While not confirmed, the location is rumored to be in Los Angeles, California, which Ilia Topuria teased in his promotional trailer video.
This would mark the UFC's sixth return to Los Angeles and their first return since 2018, which was UFC 227: Dillashaw vs. Garbrandt 2. The event was a stacked card, with many fan favorites today debuting and making an early start in their career on this card, such as Zhang Weili, Marlon "Chito" Vera, and Kevin Holland. The co-main event was also the historical rematch between Demetrious Johnson and Henry Cejudo and marked Johnson's last UFC fight before his move to ONE Championship.
The only confirmed fight for UFC 298 is Alexander Volkanovski vs. Ilia Topuria, which will serve as the main event. Volkanovski is coming off a loss to Islam Makhachev in the Lightweight division but is undefeated throughout his entire career at Featherweight and will be looking to make his sixth title defense. Topuria is undefeated on a fourteen-fight win streak and is challenging for UFC gold for the first time.
There are currently no rumored bouts for UFC 298.
Per BetOnline.ag, Alexander Volkanovski is a -170 favorite, pitting Ilia Topuria as a +140 underdog. This means a bettor would need to place $170 on Volkanovski for a $100 return or $100 on Topuria to win $140. This is the smallest favorite Volkanovski has been during his entire Featherweight Championship reign, and it is also the first time since Ilia Topurias UFC debut that he's the underdog.
Keep checking back for regular updates on UC 298.