A welterweight battle between Callan Potter and Maki Pitolo is a recent addition the UFC 243 fight card, the promotion announced this week. MMA event takes place at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, Australia on October 6.
— UFC Aus/New Zealand (@UFC_AUSNZ) August 29, 2019
The representative of the country-host Callan Potter (17-8) made his UFC debut at the previous event held in Melbourne this past February. Taking the fight on a short notice as a replacement for Alex Gorgees, “The Rockstar” was stopped 53 seconds in the first round by Jalin Turner. Before that Potter took a split decision against BJ Bland, and was submitted by Marcin Held in the first round, which snapped his eight-fight win streak.
American Maki Pitolo (11-4) won three of his previous outings prior to the final horn. In July he stopped Justin Sumter in the first round at Dana Whiter’s Contender Series, and earned the contract. Last December he submitted Chris Cisneros in the third round, following the first-round knockout win against Thiago Rela.
In the main event of UFC 243 Robert Whittaker and Israel Adesanya battle it out for undisputed middleweight title. Also on the card Holly Holm faces Raquel Pennington at women’s bantamweight, and Dan Hooker takes on Al Iaquinta at lightweight.
— FIGHTMAG (@fightmag) August 27, 2019
The announced to date list of matchups can be found below. The finalised UFC 243 fight card and order of the bouts is expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
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
Welterweight Callan Potter vs. Maki Pitolo
Women’s Featherweight Megan Anderson vs. Zarah Fairn Dos Santos
Bantamweight Khalid Taha vs. Bruno Gustavo Aparecido Da Silva