UFC’s next PPV venture takes it to the other side of the world when middleweight champion Robert Whittaker puts his belt on the line against interim champ Israel Adesanya. Whittaker has been out of action since June 2018 with injuries, forcing him to withdraw from a scheduled defense against Kelvin Gastelum in February the day of the event.
Adesanya took on Gastelum in his place in April, scoring a decision win in one of the best fights of 2019. The all-Oceanic showdown will be held at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne and could break UFC attendance records in the process.
In the co-main event, Adesanya’s teammate and training partner, Dan Hooker, will look to maintain his momentum in the lightweight division when he takes on Al Iaquinta. Hooker bounced back from a TKO loss to Edson Barboza with his own finish of James Vick in April. Iaquinta is coming off a decision loss to Donald Cerrone in May.
Plus, former bantamweight champion Holly Holm returns to the site of her greatest success when she takes on Raquel Pennington in a 135-pound showdown. Holm scored the shocking TKO win of Ronda Rousey in Australia in 2015 as one of the biggest betting underdogs in the history of the sport.
Below is a running list of fights scheduled to take place at UFC 243 on Oct. 5. This page will be updated with any new fights or adjustments made to the card.
UFC 243 viewing info
Date: Saturday, Oct. 5 | Location: Marvel Stadium — Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Time: 10 p.m. ET
Stream: ESPN+ | Price: $59.99
UFC 243 fight card
|Robert Whittaker (c) vs. Israel Adesanya||Middleweight title|
|Al Iaquinta vs. Dan Hooker||Lightweight|
|Tai Tuivasa vs. Serghei Spivac||Heavyweight|
|Luke Jumeau vs. Dhiego Lima||Welterweight|
|Holly Holm vs. Raquel Pennington||Women’s bantamweight|
|Nadia Kassem vs. Ji Yeon Kim||Women’s flyweight|
|Megan Anderson vs. Zarah Fairn Dos Santos||Women’s featherweight|
|Justin Tafa vs. Yorgan De Castro||Heavyweight|
|Jake Matthews vs. Rostam Akman||Welterweight|
|Callan Potter vs. Maki Pitolo||Welterweight|
|Khalid Taha vs. Bruno Gustavo Aparecido Da Silva||Bantamweight|
|Brad Riddell vs. Jamie Mullarkey||Lightweight|
Sources from: CBS Sports