UFC 298 undercard: Full list of fights before Alexander Volkanovski vs Ilia Topuria main event in California

Alexander Volkanovski has been in control of his division since 2019 and seeks to extend his reign when he defends the UFC featherweight title against Ilia Topuria at UFC 298 on February 17. The event will air on ESPN+ PPV in the U.S.

Volkanovski (26-3) is 13-2 with the promotion. Beating Max Holloway in 2019 for the UFC featherweight title, he has successfully defended the belt five times, twice against Holloway.

“The Great” attempted to become a double champion when he faced Islam Makhachev for the UFC lightweight title. Volkanovski lost the 2023 Fight of the Year in February, as well as the rematch in October when he entered as a replacement opponent.

The Topuria fight was delayed due to Volkanovski fighting in October. The champion is now eager to put his next opponent in his place.

“You earn your spot — earned, not given,” Volkanovski told FREESTYLEBENDER via MMA Mania. “I’m not saying he didn’t earn this shot or anything, but again, let’s be real, look at the way that I had to get to the title. I’m glad he’s in this position, I wouldn’t want anyone in front of me other than him right now, so I’m fine with that. 

WATCH: UFC 298: Alexander Volkanovski vs. Ilia Topuria, exclusively on ESPN+

“He’s already acting like he’s the champion and thinks he’s this. He literally thinks he’s some superstar already. Oh, mate, that all changes February 17, and he’s gonna have a rude shock. He’s gonna have to literally eat a big humble pie. It’s perfect for my storyline right now.”

Born in Germany, Topuria (14-0) turned pro in 2015. He beat Brian Bouland in 2018 in a fight for the Cage Warriors bantamweight title but didn’t win the belt after he missed weight. Topuria joined the UFC in 2020 and is 6-0 for the promotion. In his last contest in June, “El Matador” beat Josh Emmett via unanimous decision. 

Outside of the main event, former champions compete on the main card while young fighters look to move up the rankings. Here’s a breakdown of the entire UFC 298 main card.

UFC 298 undercard

Robert Whittaker vs. Paulo Costa

  • Division/Weight: Middleweight
  • Whittaker record: 24-7
  • Costa record: 14-2
  • Belts at stake: N/A

The co-main event sees former champion Robert Whittaker face Paulo Costa

Whittaker (24-7) turned pro in 2009 and won The Ultimate Fighter in 2012. “The Reaper” is 15-5 with the UFC and beat Yoel Romero to become the UFC middleweight champion. He had a nine-fight win streak snapped and lost the belt to Israel Adesanya in 2019. Whittaker went 4-2 after, losing a rematch for the belt. His last fight was a defeat to Dricus du Plessis in a title eliminator in July.

Costa (14-2) turned pro in 2012. The Brazilian joined the UFC in 2017 and is 6-2 for the promotion. He ended a two-fight losing streak (which included a loss to former champion Adesanya) by beating Luke Rockhold in August 2022. Contract disputes and injuries have affected other fights for Costa over the years.

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Geoff Neal vs. Ian Machado Garry

  • Division/Weight: Welterweight
  • Neal record: 15-5
  • Garry record: 13-0
  • Belts at stake: N/A

Geoff Neal faces Ian Machado Garry

Neal (15-5) turned pro in 2012. The 33-year-old joined the UFC in 2017, and the Dana White’s Contender Series alum is 8-3 in the octagon. His two-fight win streak was snapped in March by Shavkat Rakhmonov.

Garry (13-0) turned pro in 2019. A Cage Warriors welterweight champion, Garry joined the UFC in 2021 and is 6-0 in the octagon. His last fight was a win in August against Neil Magny. The Irish fighter was supposed to fight Vicente Luque in December but backed out due to pneumonia.

Merab Dvalishvili vs. Henry Cejudo

  • Division/Weight: Bantamweight
  • Dvalishvili record: 16-4 
  • Cejudo record: 16-3
  • Belts at stake: N/A

Further down the card is Merab Dvalishvili vs. Henry Cejudo

A 2019 World Championships silver medalist in Sambo, Dvalishvili (16-4) turned pro in 2014. The Georgian is a former Ring of Combat bantamweight champion who joined the UFC in 2017. After losing two straight to start his career in the octagon, Dvalishvili has won nine straight. H wouldn’t fight friend and former champion Aljamain Sterling, resulting in Sean O’Malley getting a shot at the UFC bantamweight title. 

A 2020 Olympic gold medalist and seven-time gold medalist at the amateur level, Cejudo (16-3) turned pro in 2013. He joined the UFC in 2014 and lost against Demetrious Johnson in 2016 for the UFC flyweight title. Cejudo eventually won the belt in 2018 and the UFC bantamweight title in 2019. “Triple C” retired in 2020 but returned to action in May 2023, losing to Sterling for bantamweight gold.

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Anthony Hernandez vs. Roman Kopylov

  • Division/Weight: Middleweight
  • Hernandez record: 11-2, 1NC
  • Kopylov record: 12-2
  • Belts at stake: N/A

Also on the main card will be Anthony Hernandez vs. Roman Kopylov

Hernandez (11-2, 1NC) turned pro in 2014. “Fluffy” joined Dana White’s Contender Series in 2018, competing in a no-contest. He is 5-2 in the octagon and on a four-fight win streak outside that. His last fight was a TKO win over Edmen Shahbazyan in May.

Kopylov (12-2) turned pro in 2016. A Fight Nights Global middleweight champion, the Russian joined the UFC in 2019. Going 0-2 to start his career in the octagon, he has since won four straight. The 32-year-old last fought in September, beating Josh Fremd via knockout. 

When is UFC 298: Alexander Volkanovski vs. Ilia Topuria?

The early prelims start at 6 p.m. ET, with the prelims at 8 p.m. ET. The main card is at 10 p.m. ET. Volkanovski and Topuria should make their way to the octagon around 12:15 a.m. ET, depending on how long the undercard fights last. 

Region Date Early Prelims Start Time Prelims Start Time Main Card Start Time Main Event Ring Walks (approx.)
USA and Canada (ET) Saturday, February 17 6 p.m. ET 8 p.m. ET 10 p.m. ET 12:15 a.m. ET
USA and Canada (PT) Saturday, February 17 3 p.m. PT 5 p.m. PT 7 p.m. PT 9:15 p.m. PT 
UK and Ireland Sunday, February 18 11 p.m. GMT 1 a.m. GMT 3 a.m. GMT 5:15 a.m. GMT
Australia Sunday, February 18 10 a.m. AEDT 12 p.m. AEDT 2 p.m. AEDT 4:15 p.m. AEDT

How to watch UFC 298: Alexander Volkanovski vs. Ilia Topuria

Country Date Channel + Live Stream (main card)
United States Saturday, February 17 ESPN+, ESPN PPV
Canada Saturday, February 17 BELL, Rogers, Shaw, SaskTel,  Videotron, Telus, Eastlink, UFC PPV on UFC Fight Pass
United Kingdom Sunday, February 18 TNT Sports, TNT Sports Box Office
Australia Sunday, February 18 Main Event, Kayo Sports, Fetch TV, UFC PPV on UFC Fight Pass

UFC 298: Alexander Volkanovski vs. Ilia Topuria PPV price: How much does UFC 298 cost? 

In the U.S., the UFC 298 main card is available via pay-per-view on ESPN+, which also requires a subscription. The PPV price for UFC 298 is $79.99 for current subscribers. New subscribers can pay a bundle price of $134.98 for the UFC 298 pay-per-view and an ESPN+ annual subscription, which offers savings of more than 30 percent.

In the UK, the main card is on TNT Sports Box Office and will cost £19.99.

WATCH: UFC 298: Alexander Volkanovski vs. Ilia Topuria, exclusively on ESPN+

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UFC PPV Standalone $79.99 each
UFC PPV Package (UFC PPV & ESPN+ Annual) $134.98, then $109.99/year
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$79.99, then $14.99/mo

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