UFC 305 fight card: Full list of confirmed bouts for Perth pay-per-view

The UFC returns to Perth, Western Australia for UFC 305 on Sunday, August 18.

Last time the UFC took over RAC Arena, Islam Makhachev and Alex Volkanovski turned in a classic for the lightweight title, with the Australian coming up just short in his bid to become a simultaneous two-division world champion.

We take a look at who will be in action this time around.

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UFC 305 fight card: Confirmed bouts

Dricus du Plessis (c) vs. Israel Adesanya

At the top of the card, the middleweight title goes on the line in what should be a fascinating match-up between Dricus du Plessis (21-2) and Israel Adesanya (24-3).

The pair faced off in the cage following du Plessis’ victory over Robert Whittaker at UFC 290 but Adesanya lost the belt to Sean Strickland at UFC 293 in Sydney, seeing South Africa’s du Plessis challenge and defeat Strickland to claim the title.

Can Adesanya climb the mountain at 185-pounds for a third time or will du Plessis make the first defence of his title in style?

Kai Kara-France vs. Steve Erceg

A high-level trans-Tasman clash sees bantamweight stars Steve Erceg (12-2) and Kai Kara-France (24-11) face off in the former’s home town.

Fresh off his narrow defeat when challenging champion Alexandre Pantoja, Erceg will be looking to get back in the winner’s circle and chart a course back to another title shot.

The powerful Kara-France remains a threat to anyone in the division and will have his sights set on another crack at the championship himself.

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Tai Tuivasa vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik

Two hard-hitting heavyweights clash in a fight that is sure to have fans on the edge of their seats.

Sydney’s Tai Tuivasa (14-7) has won fans with his all-action fights, knockout power and larger-than-life personality but, coming four losses in a row, will be desperate to get his hand raised here.

Opposite him, Rozenstruik (14-5) is cut from a similar cloth, having knocked out his opponent in all but one of his 14 professional victories.

Junior Tafa vs. Valter Walker

Another heavyweight affair sees Brisbane-based Junior Tafa (5-2) meet Brazil’s Valter Walker (11-1).

Walker lost his UFC debut last time out while Tafa is coming off a defeat to Marcos Rogerio de Lima.

Josh Culibao vs. Ricardo Ramos

Exciting Sydney featherweight Josh Culibao (11-3-1) meets experienced Brazilian Ricardo Ramos (16-6).

Ramos has lost his last two fights to guillotine chokes while Culibao is hoping to arrest a two-fight skid of his own, both by decision.

Tom Nolan vs. Alex Reyes

Australian lightweight Tom Nolan (7-1) has gone 1-1 in the UFC since graduating from the Contender Series.

Queensland’s “Big Train” takes on American Alex Reyes (13-4), who had a five-year UFC absence following a spinal infection which had doctors wondering if he’d ever walk again.

Casey O’Neill vs. Tereza Bleda

King Casey (9-2) will hope to arrest a two-fight skid when she faces Czech prospect Bleda (7-1).

O’Neill had emerged as a future contender in the flyweight division before a ruptured ACL stopped her in her tracks.

The Scotland-born, Gold Coast-raised 26-year-old will hope to get some momentum back in Perth.

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UFC 305 fight card: Unconfirmed bouts/rumors

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In all the chaos of Conor McGregor and Khamzat Chimaev’s recent withdrawals, UFC boss Dana White may have inadvertently leaked some of the UFC 305 card, or at least their possible plans.

Keen-eyed fans noticed that some fighters’ names were visible in the background of a social media post.

Another popular fighter from New Zealand, Dan Hooker, looks like he might get his wish to fight at UFC 305, with whispers around a lightweight bout with Drakkar Klose growing louder, although Hooker confirmed he’d been offered and accepted a fight with Charles Oliveira.

One man who won’t be in action is welterweight contender and Perth product Jack Della Maddalena.

Having defeated Gilbert Burns and calling for a clash with Shavkat Rakhmonov, Della Maddalena picked up a nasty infection after surgery on a fractured arm, requiring several more surgeries and significant recovery time.

The card also looks like coming too soon for Alex Volkanovski, who is lining up a return towards the end of the year following his KO loss to Ilia Topuria.

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