The current middleweight champion Robert Whittaker (20-4) and the division’s interim titleholder Israel Adesanya (17-0) square off in the headliner of UFC 243. The championship unification bout headlines a highly anticipated MMA event held at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, Australia in less than three weeks (October 6).
On Wednesday the promotion hit the stream with the trailer (watch below) titled “Things are about to get real”. The comic styled clip features some of the highlight moments of both main event competitors throwing kicks, punches and knees.
Docklands Stadium, or by naming rights Marvel Stadium, in Melbourne was announced as a host of UFC 243 in July. The famed Marvel Cinematic Universe includes such superheros as Spider-Man, Captain America, Iron Man, the Hulk, Wolverine, the X-Men, just to name a few. One can say the top middleweights might be joining the roster.
“He always fights like he is in a Karate movie sometimes,” Joe Rogan comments performance of Israel Adesanya.
“What is Robert Whittaker made of, cause it’s not flesh and bone like us”.
The Whittaker vs. Adesanya for undisputed UFC Middleweight title bout tops the UFC 243 pay-per-view card. Among other bouts, Dan Hooker and Al Iaquinta do battle at lightweight, Holly Holm and Raquel Pennington meet at women’s bantamweight, and Jake Matthews faces Rostem Akman at welterweight.
— FIGHTMAG (@fightmag) August 16, 2019
The finalised UFC 243 fight card is expected to be announced shortly. The current lineup can be found below.
UFC 243: Whittaker vs. Adesanya 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
Lightweight Brad Riddell vs. Jamie Mullarkey