The undisputed UFC middleweight title will be on the line October 5 when 5-pound champion Robert Whitaker faces undefeated interim title holder Israel Adesner at UFC 243.
UFC 243, which is broadcast live on pay-per-view, will be held at Saturday, October 5.
Australia’s Whitaker has been sidelined since two epic clashes with Yoel Romero, but this fall he will have the chance to cement his place as the world’s best middleweight when he takes on New Zealand’s Adesania, who are coming off a win against Anderson Silver. And Calvin Gastelum
Middleweight UFC champion Robert Whitaker is set to headline what could be the biggest fight in Australian sports history, with Melbourne’s Marvel Stadium hosting the Intifa belt, his title fight against Israel’s Adesna in New Zealand.
The Trans-Tasman booth will be held on October 6 to protect its 185-pound belt with Whitaker against one of the UFC’s rising stars.
Whitaker himself confirmed the news on his Instagram account late Tuesday night.
Officials are expecting a sold-out crowd of nearly 60,000 fans, despite the same day’s fighting as the NRL grand final – and may be the largest crowd in UFC history.
UFC President Dana White says, “This is the perfect time to fight with two of the best athletes in the division.” I am pumped to go to Melbourne again for this huge event. It is great to have two champions in Whitaker and Adesana for the title fight at home turf. This will be Australian history. The biggest fight. ”
The biggest fight for both the UFC and Australia was now when 56,214 fans packed into Marvel Stadium (then Etihad Stadium) to watch Megastar Ronta Rousey overpowered by American Holly Holm at UFC 193 in 2015.
The biggest crowd of Australian fighters is Jeff Horn, a boxing star from Queensland, who battled with legendary Manny Pacquiao at Suncorp Stadium on May 25 and headlined in front of a crowd of 1,212.
Whitaker was forced to withdraw from the UFC 234 clash with American star Kevin Gastelum – a fight that was believed to be his first title defense in Australia – after being rushed to hospital with a broken and twisted stomach.
“We are delighted to host UFC 243 at Marvel Stadium. This is a great proof of the diversity and versatility of the stadium that is being hosted at an international sporting event in Caliber, “said Michael Green, CEO of Marvel Stadium.
The reigning middleweight champ has won five octagon appearances on home ground twice in Sydney, the Gold Coast, Adelaide and Melbourne, despite having twice relinquished his previous title in Australia for serious injury.