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Cage Warriors champion makes unexpected short-notice UFC return



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Cage Warriors champion Modestas Bukauskas booked for UFC 284. Photo via UFC

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.

Main card

  • 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

Early prelims

  • 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

Read more: Former two-division champ Henry Cejudo targeted for comeback at UFC 287

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