Robert Whittaker vs Israel Adesanya tops UFC 243
Robert Whittaker (pictured) faces Israel Adesanya in the headliner of UFC 243 | Pic: Facebook/RobertWhittakerMMA

UFC 243 takes place at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, Australia on October 6. The pay-per-view fight card is headlined by a highly anticipated showdown between Robert Whittaker and Israel Adesanya. The reigning champion and interim titleholder faceoff in the scheduled for five rounds middleweight championship unification.

The official poster for the event landed on Tuesday (via Twitter).

Among other bouts featured on the card Holly Holm faces Raquel Pennington at women’s bantamweight, and Jake Matthews goes up against Rostem Akman at welterweight. In addition, Al Iaquinta and Dan Hooker do battle at lightweight, and Tai Tuivasa squares off against Sergey Spivak at heavyweight.

Overall eight bouts have been set to date. Two matchups are awaiting their formal announcement by the promotion. Additional contests and finalised lineup is expected to be announced in the coming weeks. The current fight card for UFC 243 can be found below.

UFC 243 fight card

Middleweight Robert Whittaker vs. Israel Adesanya
Lightweight Dan Hooker vs. Al Iaquinta
Heavyweight Tai Tuivasa vs. Sergey Spivak
Welterweight Luke Jumeau vs. Dhiego Lima
Heavyweight Yorgan De Castro vs. Justin Tafa
Welterweight Jake Matthews vs. Rostem Akman
Women’s Bantamweight Holly Holm vs. Raquel Pennington
Women’s Flyweight Nadia Kassem vs. Ji Yeon Kim

Announced bouts
Women’s Featherweight Megan Anderson vs. Zarah Fairn Dos Santos
Bantamweight Khalid Taha vs. Bruno Gustavo Aparecido Da Silva