Saturday, October 5, 2019, Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, Australia
UFC 243: Whittaker vs. Adesanya is an upcoming mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship that is expected to take place on October 6, 2019 at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.[
Australia’s first UFC champion, middleweight Robert “The Reaper” Whittaker, will defend his 185-pound belt against interim title holder, Israel “The Last Stylebender” Adesanya, in a five-round championship bout.
In becoming the UFC middleweight champion, Western Sydney local Whittaker (20-4) defeated Cuban powerhouse Yoel Romero twice – taking the win for the second time after breaking his hand in the first round. UFC® 243 will mark the first title defense on home soil for Whittaker , fondly known amongst fans as Bobby Knuckles.
The UFC middleweight titles will be unified when Robert Whittaker defends his belt against interim straphanger Israel Adesanya in what could prove to be the promotion’s most ticketed event in the history of MMA. Elsewhere on the UFC 243 fight card, Holly Holm returns to the arena that made her famous in a bantamweight do-over against Raquel Pennington.
They’ll throw down in the five-round main event, scheduled for Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, on Sun., Oct. 6, 2019 (airing stateside on Sat., Oct. 5, due to the considerable discrepancy in time zones).
Whittaker (20-4) captured the vacant middleweight crown following a five-round battle against Yoel Romero at UFC 213 over two years ago, then ran it back with “Soldier of God” at UFC 225, winning another close decision over the Cuban slugger.
Official fight card
|Middleweight||Robert Whittaker||vs.||Israel Adesanya (ic)|
|Lightweight||Al Iaquinta||vs.||Dan Hooker|
|Heavyweight||Tai Tuivasa||vs.||Serghei Spivak|
|Women's Bantamweight||Holly Holm||vs.||Raquel Pennington|
|Welterweight||Jake Matthews||vs.||Rostem Akman|
|Heavyweight||Justin Tafa||vs.||Yorgan De Castro|
|Welterweight||Luke Jumeau||vs.||Dhiego Lima|
|Women's Flyweight||Nadia Kassem||vs.||Ji Yeon Kim|
|Welterweight||Callan Potter||vs.||Maki Pitolo|
Event: UFC 243: "Whittaker vs. Adesanya"
Date: Sat., October 5, 2019
Location: Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, Australia
Broadcast: Pay-per-view (PPV), ESPN, ESPN+
*Fights labeled as "may not be broadcast" are scheduled to take place before the live broadcast begins. These pre-recorded fights are inserted into the broadcast if time permits. However, due to broadcast time constraints some of these undercard bouts may not be seen on a broadcast. These additional bout can be found as bonus footage on the event DVD.