UFC 284 Main Card Predictions: Makhachev vs Volkanovski

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Forget everything Power Slap or Conor McGregor and Michael Chandler TUF, the UFC 284 Main Card Predictions are upon us! Set your clocks for Australian time as Perth welcomes the return of the UFC. For those wondering what the Australian (Perth) time to UK (GMT) time is, the Perth clocks are eight hours ahead of GMT.

Alexander Volkanovski moves up to Lightweight for a shot at becoming the UFC’s fifth-ever double champion. Islam Makhachev stands in the way, looking to secure his first title defence since battering Charles Oliveira for the gold. The Dagestani will be without Khabib Nurmagomedov (or Hasbullah) in his corner this time around, though.

Where is the UFC 284 Main Card taking place?

The UFC 284 Main Card will take place at the RAC Arena in Perth, Australia, on February 12, 2023.

What time does the UFC 284 Main Card start?

The UFC 284 Main Event is scheduled to start at 10PM ET in the US and 3AM GMT in the UK.

Where can I watch the UFC 284 Main Card?

The UFC 284 pay-per-view event can be streamed on ESPN+ in the US and BT Sport in the UK. You are advised to use official streams for UFC Vegas 68 and avoid buffstreams, crackstreams or Reddit streams.

UFC 284 Main Card Bitesize Predictions

UFC 284 Main Card OddsUFC 284 Main Card Predictions
Islam Makhachev vs Alexander Volkanovski Odds:
(-380) / (+310)
Islam Makhachev vs Alexander Volkanovski Prediction:
Makhachev Decision
Yair Rodriguez vs Josh Emmett Odds:
(-180) / (+155)
Yair Rodriguez vs Josh Emmett Prediction:
Rodriguez Decision
Randy Brown vs Jack Della Maddalena Odds:
(+260) / (-315)
Randy Brown vs Jack Della Maddalena Prediction:
Maddalena TKO Round 3
Justin Tafa vs Parker Porter Odds:
(-125) / (+105)
Justin Tafa vs Parker Porter Prediction:
Porter Decision
Jimmy Crute vs Alonzo Menifield Odds:
(-190) / (+160)
Jimmy Crute vs Alonzo Menifield Prediction:
Crute Submission Roud 1
Odds are based on BestFightOdds.com. All odds of 09 February 2023.

UFC 284: Main Event Prediction

Islam Makhachev vs Alexander Volkanovski

Islam Makhachev (23-1) UFC Lightweight Title puts his belt on the line in a P4P ‘double-champ’ showdown with UFC Featherweight Champion Alexander Volkanovski (25-1). The Dagestani rides an 11-fight win streak into Saturday’s contest, having won the title last time out against fan favourite Charles Oliveira. Meanwhile, Volkanovski has time to spare after clearing out the Featherweight division and will look to cement himself surprisingly early as an ATG.

Makhachev will be without Khabib or Hasbullah in his corner for his first title defence – a strange series of events after it emerged midway through his training camp. Regardless, many are banking on Makhachev’s natural size advantage to prove a step too far for the Australian. There is value behind backing a fighter with a 4″ height advantage and a more natural Lightweight frame. Yet, it also fails to gauge the incremental developments in the 31-year-old’s game over his UFC stint. Makhachev can now more comfortably strike over extended exchanges, as well as showcasing a greater penchant for finding finishes on the mat.

Alexander ‘The Great’ earned most of his hype after back-to-back-to-back tactical masterclasses in the Max Holloway trilogy. The 34-year-old also deserves credit for comprehensive beatdowns of Brian Ortega and Korean Zombie. Volkanovski was close to out-striking both fighters by almost 3-1 strikes – an insane statistic when considering early success as a powerful wrestler. Considering Makhachev’s stiff footwork, Volkanovski’s sniping bursts could see the challenger rack up volume while limiting the threat of takedowns. While the Aussie exhibited exceptional submission defence against Ortega, Makhachev is a different beast – physically and technically – on the mat.  

Makhachev vs Volkanovski Prediction: Makhachev Decision

UFC 284: Co-Main Event Prediction

Yair Rodriguez vs Josh Emmett

A baffling UFC Interim Featherweight Championship is on the line for #2 Yair Rodriguez (14-3) and #5 Josh Emmett (18-2). Two reasons explain fan frustration with the ‘title’ nature of the affair. Firstly, Rodriguez is entering off a win via injury against Brian Ortega while Emmett arguably lost his last fight on points to Calvin Kattar. More importantly, the current Champion (who has defended his belt four times over two years) has remained active – last defending his Featherweight belt in July 2022.

Yair Rodriguez and Josh Emmett is a certified banger of a standalone fight, however. El Pantera surprised many when he took Max Holloway to a hard-fought decision over five rounds. Rodriguez showcased his typically electric striking selection. An improved gas tank and chin/heart combination highlighted the mettle of a champion that was missing against Frankie Edgar back in 2017. Rodriguez still struggled in the clinch against Holloway and there is justifiable fear that Emmett can grind the Mexican on the mat.

The 37-year-old ‘all-natural’ Featherweight, Josh Emmett, has emerged as a genuine contender since being sent to the shadow realm by Jeremy Stephens in 2018. Emmett better uses his heavy hands to time opponents onto counters, often using the threat of his takedowns as traps. Unfortunately, the increased confidence on his feet has also seen a drop in his wrestling numbers. CC0 is a brutal G’n’P artist but his last successful takedown came against Shane Burgos in June 2020. If Emmett is forced into a pure striking contest with Rodriguez, the latter’s ability to stamp his mark on rounds has to be favoured.

Rodriguez vs Emmett Prediction: Rodriguez Decision

UFC 284: Main Card Predictions

Randy Brown vs Jack Della Maddalena

Randy Brown (16-4) really deserves a bit more respect on his name ahead of Saturday. Granted, winning 3 of the last 4 fights by decision has offered little for the highlight reels, but Rudeboy appears to have finally overcome the mental lapses that infected his early career. Brown’s 6’3″ frame is outrageous for a Welterweight. Using his jab as a building block, Brown has been able to build combinations at a safe distance against experienced operators in Alex Oliveira, Jared Gooden and Francisco Trinaldo.

Whether Brown owns the power to stop the hulking pressure of Jack Della Maddalena (13-2) is questionable, though. The 26-year-old has iced all three UFC opponents in under a round, including a particularly impressive W over Ramazeen Emeev. Brown is more comfortable on the front foot and we are likely to see both men lock horns in the pocket. Maddalena’s ferocious bodywork and dynamic combinations have to be heavily favoured, but Brown’s clinch work could also cause real issues.

Brown vs Maddalena Prediction: Maddalena TKO Round 3

Justin Tafa vs Parker Porter

It’s not a UFC PPV Main Card without a sloppy Heavyweight brawl. Justin Tafa (5-3) will never be able to scrub away his decision loss to Jared Vanderaa while Parker Porter (13-7) manages to bundle his way through the bottom-of-the-barrel competition. Tafa is an explosive-ish Heavyweight, but his telegraphed bursts are few and far between. Porter represents one of the worst athletes on the roster yet his wrestling will keep Tafa quiet in an ugly affair. 

Tafa vs Porter Prediction: Porter Decision

Jimmy Crute vs Alonzo Menifield

Back-to-back first-round losses for Jimmy Crute (12-3) have seen the Aussie fall off the Light Heavyweight map. The 26-year-old is a kill-or-be-killed fighter who will hopefully create enough chaos for Alonzo Menifield (13-3) to open up on the feet. Menifeld entered the UFC as a swarming power-punching menace with a five-minute gas tank. Since then, the 35-year-old has flip-flopped between various approaches on the feet and the mat.

Both men carry phenomenal power and Crute is likely to be buoyed by the crowd into a firefight. If not, the Aussie can always utilise his edge on the mat to prevent a third stoppage loss in a row.

Crute vs Menifeld Prediction: Crute Submission Round 1


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