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.
#UFC243 results: Israel Adesanya (@stylebender) def. Robert Whittaker via knockout (punches) – Round 2, 3:33 – to win undisputed middleweight title— MMA Junkie (@MMAjunkie) October 6, 2019
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Official fight card
|Middleweight||Israel Adesanya (ic)||def.||Robert Whittaker (c)||KO (punches)||2||3:33|
|Lightweight||Dan Hooker||def.||Al Iaquinta||Decision (unanimous) (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)||3||5:00|
|Heavyweight||Sergey Spivak||def.||Tai Tuivasa||Technical Submission (arm-triangle choke)||2||3:14|
|Welterweight||Dhiego Lima||def.||Luke Jumeau||Decision (split) (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)||3||5:00|
|Heavyweight||Yorgan de Castro||def.||Justin Tafa||KO (punch)||1||2:10|
|Preliminary Card (ESPN2)|
|Welterweight||Jake Matthews||def.||Rostem Akman||Decision (unanimous) (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)||3||5:00|
|Welterweight||Callan Potter||def.||Maki Pitolo||Decision (unanimous) (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)||3||5:00|
|Lightweight||Brad Riddell||def.||Jamie Mullarkey||Decision (unanimous) (29-27, 30-26, 30-26)||3||5:00|
|Women’s Featherweight||Megan Anderson||def.||Zarah Fairn dos Santos||Submission (triangle choke)||1||3:57|
|Early Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)|
|Catchweight (128 lbs)||Ji Yeon Kim||def.||Nadia Kassem||TKO (body punches)||2||4:59|
|Catchweight (137 lbs)||Khalid Taha||def.||Bruno Gustavo da Silva||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||3||3:00|
Event: UFC 243: "Whittaker vs. Adesanya"
Date: Sat., October 5, 2019
Location: Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, Australia
Broadcast: Pay-per-view (PPV), ESPN, ESPN+
UFC 243 results, highlights: Israel Adesanya claims middleweight crown with violent TKO of Robert Whittaker
Israel Adesanya is the new king at 185 pounds. "The Last Stylebender" delivered on his promise to claim the middleweight crown by stopping Robert Whittaker in the second round of their main event bout at UFC 243 in Melbourne, Australia. Adesanya used his versatile skillset to slay the dragon and take the title, using his flair for the dramatic all the way through.
Dan Hooker cripples Al Iaquinta, wins impressive decision
It wasn’t the back-and-forth “war” that many predicted; on the contrary, it was a technical performance from Hooker, who took out Iaquinta’s lead leg early and then pieced him up en route to an impressive unanimous decision win.
Sergey Spivak batters, bloodies and chokes out Tai Tuivasa
Bummer for Australian fans and Tuivasa, who is now mired in a dreaded three-fight losing skid. However, Spivak knew what he had to do to win the fight and was relentless. He wore down Tuivasa, hurt him and then choked him unconscious.
Holly Holm vs Raquel Pennington has been removed from UFC 243
Due to injury, Holly Holm has been forced to withdraw from her UFC 243 bout against Raquel Pennington.
Jake Matthews pitches shutout in decision win over Rostem Akman
A last-second change of game plan led Jake Matthews to a unanimous decision victory in front of a home audience at UFC 243 from Melbourne, Australia.
Yorgan De Castro demolish Justin Tafa with one punch at UFC 243
The heavyweight debut of Yorgan De Castro produced devastating results last night (Sat., Oct. 5, 2019) at UFC 243 from inside Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, Australia, as De Castro absolutely leveled fellow Octagon newcomer Justin Tafa via first-round knockout (punch).
Dhiego Lima leg kicks his way to split decision win over Luke Jumeau
Dhiego Lima fed Luke Jumeau a steady diet of leg kicks over three rounds to play spoiler in his journey to Australia for UFC 243. Official result: Dhiego Lima def. Luke Jumeau via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
South Korea’s Kim Ji-Yeon moved herself back into the win column during the UFC 243 prelims in Melbourne early Sunday.
Ji Yeon Kim took on Nadia Kassem in a bout scheduled to go three rounds. However, Kim put things away late in the second round, with one second the spare, brutalizing Kassem's body with punches. Kassem couldn't take the punishment to her core any longer, folding over, and ending the fight.
Callan Potter scored his first UFC win in his home country on the UFC 243 preliminary card, when he defeated Maki Pitolo via Unanimous Decision.
Fresh off his Dana White’s Contender Series win, Maki Pitolo made his UFC debut against Australian’s own Callan Potter on the UFC 243 preliminary card.
*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.