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Alexander Volkanovski is bidding to become only the fifth champ-champ in UFC history when he challenges Islam Makhachev next month.
The featherweight king will be moving up in weight to 155lbs in his homeland to face UFC lightweight champion Makhachev.
The UFC, which is returning to Perth in Australia for the first time since 2018, has only ever had Conor McGregor, Daniel Cormier, Amanda Nunes and Henry Cejudo achieve double champ status.
Yet Khabib Nurmagomedov’s protegee Makhachev will represent a huge test in his first defence of his new belt, having dethroned Charles Oliveira at UFC 280 in October.
UFC 284 is scheduled to take place on Saturday, February 11 and is being held at the RAC Arena in Perth, Australia.
UK start times for the event will be confirmed soon.
The action will be shown on BT Sport and more details will follow on their coverage.
talkSPORT will also have all the build-up and reaction to the event throughout fight week.
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Volkanovski: “I was chasing the champ-champ, that’s what motivated me before I knew who I was fighting. As soon as Islam won and the people talked, something was just like, bang, that’s all that I cared about is taking out Islam.
“It wasn’t even disrespect. All that stuff just made this fight so much bigger. Me accomplishing this goal — not only the champ-champ, it’s obviously going to be incredible, having two belts — but not just that.
“It’s, while doing that, taking out someone like Islam. Especially being a featherweight going to move up to lightweight, then fighting not only any lightweight, you’re going to Dagestani-wrestling Islam who’s known to just walk and control and throw around all these lightweights. ‘How’s Alex going to deal with that?’
“This just makes when I get my hand raised, it just makes it so much bigger. So that’s what’s motivating me right now, the fight itself.
“It’s going to be extra special getting both belts on them shoulders, but [also] who I’m taking out in the process.”
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