Australian lightweight Jamie Mullarkey faces fellow-newcomer Brad Riddell of New Zealand at the upcoming UFC 243, Cage Side Press reported citing sources. A highly anticipated MMA event takes place at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, Australia on October 6.
Riddell was announced in his UFC debut early this month. Mullarkey made a post in social media, calling for a fight against New Zealand athlete, who prior to turning to MMA, has made a name for himself in Muay Thai and kickboxing circuits.
@bradquakeriddell has been signed for #ufc243 without an opponent yet. I don’t think his fought the best Australia has to offer. @ufc @seanshelby @danawhite Let’s make it happen! #MullarkeyvsRiddell #ufcmelbourne #ufc243 #AusvsNZ pic.twitter.com/F73W91GPa5
— Jamie Mullarkey (@jamie_mullarkey) September 9, 2019
Jamie Mullarkey (12-2) is riding a four-fight win streak. In his previous bout in May he TKO’d Edimar Teixeira. Before that he stopped Abel Brites in the second round, as well as defeated Josh Togo and Jesse Medina also prior to the final bell.
Brad Riddell (6-1) won three of his previous bouts. In July he scored a unanimous decision against Mikey Vaotuua, following a pair of stoppages against Maxim Pugachev and Shem Murdoch.
The promotion is yet to formally announce the Mullarkey vs. Riddell matchup.
In the main event of UFC 243 the reigning UFC Middleweight champion Robert Whittaker faces the division’s interim titleholder Israel Adesanya. The championship unification headlines the pay-per-view fight card.
The current UFC 243 fight card and a list of announced matchups can be found below.
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
Lightweight Brad Riddell vs. Jamie Mullarkey