UFC 243: Rob Whittaker vs. Israel Adesanya official for Melbourne

The biggest fight in the history of Australian and New Zealand mixed martial arts will take place in Australia.

UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker will defend his title against interim-middleweight champion Israel Adesanya on October 6th at Marvel stadium. UFC officials confirmed the news today via the Melbourne Sun.

The announcement ends months of speculation as to where the contest would take place.

While it is believed Sydney’s Bankwest Stadium was the initial frontrunner to host the event, the NRL Grand Final taking place in the city on the same day forced alternative venues to be looked at. Las Vegas was being touted as a possible replacement option but Australiasian fight fans can sigh in relief that the fight will not be taken abroad.

“I’m going to put on a fight this fall (spring in the southern hemisphere) in Australia that’s going to blow the f…… doors off that country,” Dana White said in a media scrum last month.

While no other fights have been made official for UFC 243, there are some big clashes expected to be announced for the blockbuster.

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My earliest combat sports memory is watching David Tua knock people out with his left hook.  I am extremely passionate about combat sports in Australia and my home country of New Zealand and I endeavour to grow the profile of martial arts and its athletes in both countries. Persistent Brazilian jiu-jitsu battler.