Perth to host UFC 251, potential Volkanovski rematch

The UFC is set to return to Australian shores, with Perth confirmed to host UFC 251 in June.

The fight night, scheduled to take place on Sunday June 7 at RAC Arena, is expected to feature the anticipated title rematch of Australia’s Alexander Volkanovski and Max Holloway – who he defeated in thrilling fashion in Las Vegas in December.

Sydney, the biggest city in Australia and the closest major city to Volkanovksi’s hometown of Wollongong, was snubbed for hosting rights.

The UFC made the announcement on Tuesday on Twitter, with immediate speculation suggesting Volkanovski would be defending the featherweight belt on the night.

Could the rematch between Alexander Volkanovski (R) and Max Holloway take place in Perth? Picture: AFPSource:AFP

In 2018, Perth hosted UFC 221 – where Yoel Romero knocked out Luke Rockhold in the headlining fight.

On that occasion, Robert Whittaker was meant to headline but was forced to withdrawn through illness from a combination of chickenpox and a serious infection.

“We are so pumped to announce our return to Perth,” said UFC President, Dana White.

“Perth was an amazing host city to us in 2018 and come June 2020, we’ll be back with a stacked card headlined with a championship fight.

“Australian fans are some of the best in the world, and we look forward to putting on another massive show for them.”

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Kyrgyzstani-born Peruvian Valentina Shevchenko will defend her flyweight title against England’s Joanne Calderwood

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