UFC 243: Whittaker vs. Adesanya
A highly anticipated championship bout between Robert Whittaker and Israel Adesanya is now official. The pair is scheduled to square off in the main event of UFC 243 held on October 6 (AEST). The contest for undisputed middleweight title features the reigning champion up against the interim titleholder in the five-round championship unification.
New Zealand-born, fighting out of Sydney, Australia Robert Whittaker (20-4) was last seen in action in June 2018 when he retained the belt by split decision against Yoel Romero in their second encounter. He was expected to face Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 234 in February but was forced to withdraw on the fight day due to injury (abdominal hernia) which required an emergency surgery.
Nigerian-born residing in Auckland, New Zealand, Israel Adesanya (17-0) made his UFC debut last February, and to date recorded six victorious outings. In his previous bout in April he earned a unanimous decision against Gastelum and took the interim middleweight belt. Before that he defeated Anderson Silva, also by unanimous decision, in a bout that served as a new main event of UFC 234 following a withdrawal of Whittaker.
The venue accommodating UFC 243 is yet to be announced. The Docklands Stadium (Marvel Stadium) in Melbourne, Australia has been initially indicated as a potential place to host the event.
More information and other bouts for UFC 243 are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
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Up next on the organization’s event calendar is UFC 239 held on July 7 (AEST) at T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, NV. The pay-per-view fight card is headlined by a pair of championship bouts featuring Jon Jones in defense of his light heavyweight title against Thiago Santos, following the women’s bantamweight title bout between the defending champion Amanda Nunes up against Holly Holm.