UFC officials announced on Tuesday that the Oct. 6 pay-per-view event, headlined by a middleweight title unifier between Robert Whittaker and Israel Adesanya, will take place at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, Australia. The Daily Telegraph was first to report the news, which comes after uncertainty of whether UFC 243 would take place in Las Vegas or Australia as originally intended.
What time will the Whittaker vs. Adesanya match start?
All the excitement comes to a head on October 6, when Whittaker and Adesanya face off in Melbourne’s Marvel Stadium. Coverage of the bout begins at 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time (U.S.) on Sat. October 5.
Whittaker vs. Adesanya record: Who’s the better fighter?
Robert Whittaker is 20-4 (9 KOs) while Israel Adesanya is 17-0 (13 KOs) over their careers.
UFC 243 News Updates
Whittaker (20-4 MMA, 11-2 UFC) originally was slated to headline UFC 234 against Kelvin Gastelum at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne before he was forced out just hours before the fight due to emergency abdominal hernia surgery. Whittaker will now get an opportunity to make it up to the Australian fans in what is highly regarded as the biggest MMA fight in the Oceanic region’s history against Nigerian-born New Zealander interim champ Adesanya.
The event will be held on the same day as Sydney’s NRL Grand Final. Marvel Stadium can reach a capacity of 60,000. If UFC 243 sells out, as expected, it would be the largest crowd in UFC history. The current record also took place in Australia for UFC 193 at Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium, where 56,214 fans saw Holly Holm shock the world with a knockout of Ronda Rousey in the night’s headliner.
The much anticipated match between Whittaker and Adesanya will mark an Australasian showdown. Whittaker has never lost in Australia, and rising megastar Adesanya (17-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) is undefeated in his professional MMA career.
Robert Whittaker vs. Israel Adesanya fight card
These two are the main draw, but don’t miss these delicious undercard matchups!
Dan Hooker vs. Al Iaquinta (Lightweight)
Holly Holm vs. Raquel Pennington (Bantamweight)
Megan Anderson vs. Zarah Fairn Dos Santos (Featherweight)
Nadia Kassem vs. Ji Yeon Kim (Flyweight)
Luke Jumeau vs. Dhiego Lima (Welterweight)
Yorgan De Castro vs. Justin Tafa (Heavyweight)
Sergey Spivak vs. Tai Tuivasa (Heavyweight)
Israel Adesanya vs. Robert Whittaker: Who wins?
UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker is expected to defend his 185-pound strap against interim division titleholder Israel Adesanya this October.
Whittaker is the more complete fighter, but Adesanya’s kickboxing style has yet to be topped. Few opponents can deal with Adesanya’s range and speed. Can The Reaper end the The Last Stylebender’s unbeaten record?