UFC 243: Marvel Stadium to host Whittaker-Adesanya fight


Docklands Stadium in Melbourne confirmed for Whittaker vs Adesanya showdown

The venue accommodating the upcoming UFC 243: Whittaker vs. Adesanya has been confirmed. Scheduled for October 6, MMA event takes place at the 53,359-seating capacity Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, Australia, Daily Telegraph reported on Tuesday.

Top of the fight-bill is a highly anticipated showdown between Robert Whittaker and Israel Adesanya. The contest features the reigning middleweight champion up against the interim titleholder. The pair squares off in the championship unification with undisputed title on the line. The bout is scheduled for five rounds.

New Zealand-born, fighting out of Sydney, Australia, Robert Whittaker (20-4) was last seen inside the Octagon in June 2018 when he retained the belt by split decision against Yoel Romero in their second battle. He was expected to defend the belt against 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) debuted in the UFC in February 2018. To date he has recorded six victorious bouts. In his previous outing in April he scored a unanimous decision against Gastelum and earned the interim belt. Before that he earned a unanimous decision against Anderson Silva in a bout that served as a new main event of UFC 234 following a withdrawal of Whittaker.

Among other bouts expected on the UFC 243 fight card, Yorgan De Castro and Justin Tafa do battle at heavyweight. Both fighters makes their promotional debut.

Other matchups are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

UFC 243 fight card

Middleweight Robert Whittaker vs. Israel Adesanya
Heavyweight Yorgan De Castro vs. Justin Tafa