UFC Returns to Melbourne on November 27
Robert Whittaker and Rafael Natal in their middleweight bout during the UFC 197 event at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 23, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA / Pic: Christian Petersen/Zuffa LLC

The UFC is hosting its next fight night in Australia on Sunday, 27th November 2016 at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Victoria.

The event follows last year’s UFC 193 at Etihad Stadium that drew over 56.000 fans. The crowd came to witness the sensational Rousey Vs. Holm clash. The announced event on November 27 will showcase at the home of Australian tennis – Rod Laver Arena. Its capacity is 14.820.

“We are really excited to come back to Australia, and come back to Melbourne a year after breaking some records at UFC 193. It’s going to be our 10th event in Australia,” News.com.au quotes Tom Wright in its exclusive release.

“We know we have great fans across the city and across the state, and to be able to take it to such an iconic venue as Rod Laver is pretty special.”

The promotion has not yet revealed the matchmaking. Wright, though, advised that the event is going to be international. Australia’s highest-ranked UFC athlete Robert Whittaker presumably features in the card.

“We don’t know who is going to headline it. Whether it is going to be a championship or not, it is too early to say.”

“I suspect Robbie [Whittaker] will be on the card, but it is too early to know. We don’t have any of those details as of yet.”

“There will be not only some great Australian fighters on the card, but some great international fighters as well.”

The previous event that UFC held in Australia was last March in Brisbane. In the main event Mark Hunt KO’d Frank Mir in the first round.

All up in Australia UFC has promoted 9 shows to date. Sydney saw 4 events, Brisbane accommodated 2, Adelaide and Melbourne hosted 1 each. If the cage ban gets lifted in Western Australia, as the result the city of Perth might finally produce its debut gala.

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Parviz Iskenderov

Parviz Iskenderov is a muaythai fighter from Perth, Australia. He is a former national champion of Belarus, and also a finalist of IFMA European Cup. He is an editor and journalist at FIGHTMAG. He covers national and world news. Iskenderov is also the WKN (World Kickboxing Network) international coordinator for Australia.

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