Cage Warriors champion makes unexpected short-notice UFC return
Cage Warriors light heavyweight champion Modestas Bukauskas returns to his former promotion as he’s set to compete at UFC 284 on February 11.
The 28-year-old champion steps in as a short notice replacement to face Tyson Pedro in a light heavyweight contest that takes place on the prelims.
After a stint in the UFC a few years back, Bukauskas signed with European promotion Cage Warriors and picked up a win over Lee Chadwick at Cage Warriors 145.
A few months later, this past New Year’s Eve, he won the vacant light heavyweight belt with a fourth-round KO against Chuck Campbell.
Check out the current lineup for UFC 284 below!
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Current lineup for UFC 284 in Perth
UFC 284 takes place February 11 at RAC Arena in Perth and is headlined by a lightweight title bout between champion Islam Makhachev and featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski.
In the co-main event, Yair Rodriguez and Josh Emmett will clash for the interim featherweight title.
- Islam Makhachev (c) vs. Alexander Volkanovski
- Yair Rodriguez vs. Josh Emmett
- Randy Brown vs. Jack Della Maddalena
- Parker Porter vs. Justin Tafa
- Jimmy Crute vs. Alonzo Menifield
- Modestas Bukauskas vs. Tyson Pedro
- Melsik Baghdasaryan vs. Josh Culibao
- Kleydson Rodrigues vs. Shannon Ross
- Jamie Mullarkey vs. Francisco Prado
- Jack Jenkins vs. Don Shainis
- Waldo Cortes-Acosta vs. TBA
- Loma Lookboonmee vs. Elise Reed
- Blake Bilder vs. Shane Young
- Elves Brenner vs. Zubaira Tukhugov
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