Parker Porter has experienced a lot throughout the course of his 16 year career, but at UFC 284 he’ll be doing something he’s never done before.
UFC 284 is slated to be a massive of night of fights with a huge main event between UFC lightweight champion Islam Makhachev making his first title defense against dominate featherweight champ Alexander Volkanovski.
The event is also booked for Perth, Australia and will feature a number of Australian fighters. It also marks the first time that Porter will fight internationally.
While there maybe some new experiences for Porter, he’s approach is still the same.
He shows up to work everyday as he owns the gym in which he trains out of.
When he’s not training himself, he’s often working around the gym and help out his younger athletes. And last but not least, when he’s at the gym and not doing those things, he’s pumping iron as weight lifting is a huge part of career and his training camps.
As for the trip to Australia, its all business as Porter is taking Justin Tafa, who will have a full country on behind him on fight night.
Whether you’re one of the many Australian fans in attendance or someone watching at home, Parker believes there’s one thing in store for his fight on Feb. 11 and that’s a slugfest.
Parker feels that both him and Tafa have similar styles and he doesn’t foresee the fight going the full 15 minutes, so don’t blink.
Prior to UFC 284, Porter spoke with MyMMANews to discuss his matchup with Tafa, his preparation for the fight and his excitement to be fighting internationally.
You can watch his full interview in the video above.
A list of fights scheduled for UFC 284 are listed below:
UFC Lightweight Champion Islam Makhachev vs. UFC Featherweight Champion Alex
Volkanovski – for the UFC lightweight title
Yair Rodriguez vs. Josh Emmett – UFC interim featherweight title fight
Jack Della Maddalena vs. Randy Brown
Tyson Pedro vs. Zhang Mingyang
Jack Jenkins vs. Don Shainis
Justin Tafa vs. Parker Porter
Josh Culibao vs. Melsik Baghdasaryan
Jimmy Crute vs. Alonzo Menifield
Shannon Ross vs. Kleydson Rodrigues
Joel Alvarez vs. Zubaira Tukhugov
Loma Lookboonmee vs. Elise Reed
Blake Bilder vs. Shane Young