The UFC’s debut trip to Melbourne will feature a welterweight title fight between defending champion Robbie Lawler and former interim champ Carlos Condit.
The news was reported Wednesday in the US on UFC Tonight. The fight, which will be the first UFC title fight to take place in Australia, will likely be the headliner.
UFC 193 takes place in Melbourne on Sunday November 15, however a venue for the pay-per-view event has not been announced at this time. The promotion have flagged both Etihad Stadium and Rod Laver Arena as potential venues.
Lawler (26-10-1nc) is coming off a fifth-round TKO victory over Rory MacDonald at UFC 189, a fight which no doubt will be a fight of the year contender. The 33 year-old will take a four-fight win streak into Melbourne, with additional wins over Johny Hendricks, Matt Brown and Jake Ellenberger.
Thirty one year-old Condit (30-8) was victorious in his comeback from injury fight when he scored a doctor stoppage over Thiago Alves at UFC Fight Night 67 in Brazil. ‘The Natural Born Killer’ outpointed Nick Diaz for the division’s interim title back at UFC 143 before losing a five-round decision to Georges St. Pierre in a unification clash at UFC 154.
Although there has been no official announcement at this point, popular Sydney based heavyweight Mark Hunt has revealed via social media that he has been booked to fight on the card.
I’m booked in for UFC193 in Melbourne. ??? — mark richard hunt (@markhunt1974) July 31, 2015