UFC 243 is now in history. MMA event took place at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, Australia this past Sunday, October 6.
Top of the fight-bill saw the defending UFC Middleweight champion Robert Whittaker up against the division’s interim titleholder Israel Adesanya. The scheduled for five rounds championship bout ended in the second round. The latter claimed the win and the undisputed belt by knockout in the second round with punches.
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“He threw everything we expected. We had everything planned for plan A to Z. It’s unreal. They said I have no knockout power,” Adesanya said post-fight.
“He caught me with a nice one, but I returned. I eat it, but give it back two times. That’s a two piece right there. I can take it and give it back. He’s right, I hate to get hit. It’s stupid to get hit. I’m tough and smart. At the end of the day, my team and I were smart. You know who’s next. I have a heavy Ricky Martin wannabe next. Borrachinha. This is my Octagon. I’m going to smash him. I want to rearrange his face.”
The event also scored a new UFC attendance record with 57,127 people gathered at the venue, and Gate totaling AU$8,088,661. The performance of the night bonuses went to Adesanya and Yorgan de Castro, who knocked out Justin Tafa in the first round.
The Fight of the Night went to Jamie Mullarkey and Brad Riddell, who made their UFC debut in a blockbuster three-round battle at lightweight, which ended in favor of the latter. The complete UFC 243 fight results can be found here.