At UFC 284, commentator Jon Anik had the prime spot to call the highly anticipated main event between Islam Makhachev and Alexander Volkanovski. The two fighters battled it out for five grueling rounds, and it was unsurprising that the audience in Perth, Western Australia, erupted as the scorecards were announced.
Jon Anik was joined by former UFC champions Michael Bisping and Dominick Cruz to provide commentary for the thrilling main event at UFC 284. The on-cage action was intense and riveting, showcasing the fighters' impressive skill and athleticism.
However, the aftermath of the fight was a different story entirely. Despite the high level of competition, the controversial outcome of Makhachev's win created a divisive atmosphere, with fans on both sides debating the result.
During a recent episode of the MMAFightingOnSBN podcast, lead UFC commentator Jon Anik discussed his thoughts on UFC 284, including the highly-anticipated fight between Islam Makhachev and Alexander Volkanovski.
Anik spoke about the divisive reactions that followed Makhachev's win. He also shared a lighthearted anecdote about being hit in the back with a burger and fries after the decision was announced, highlighting the passionate and sometimes rowdy nature of UFC fans.
The 44-year-old commentator stated:
"After the decision was announced is the first time that I’ve ever, I’m sure it’s not the first time people have thrown stuff in our direction. It’s the first time I’ve ever been hit with a burger and fries on the back, and it certainly felt a lot heavier than french fries."
Watch the entire conversation with Jon Anik below:
Was UFC 284 the largest MMA event to ever take place in Australia?
UFC 284 was a massive success, with a capacity crowd of 14,124 fans in attendance at the RAC Arena in Perth, Australia. The event was a sell-out, with fans packing in the arena to witness some of the most exciting fights of the year.
Although the official pay-per-view numbers are yet to be released, the organizers have announced the gate revenue numbers. These figures indicate that the event was a major financial success, generating significant revenue from ticket sales. The strong attendance numbers and revenue figures are a testament to the popularity and appeal of the UFC, which continues to attract fans from all over the world.
According to Sports Manor, UFC 284 in Perth, Australia set a new record for the highest gate revenue of any event in the country. The event generated a staggering $4,086,688 USD ($5,911,598 AUD), reflecting the huge popularity and success of the UFC in Australia. This impressive financial performance underscores the strong appeal of the UFC to fight fans all over the world, as well as the organizers' ability to put on a world-class event.