The UFC is in Melbourne, Australia, this weekend for UFC 243, an event that features an Australia vs. New Zealand title unification bout as its main event.
The headlining contest sees UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker return to action for the first time in nearly 16 months. The Australian competitor faces interim middleweight champion Israel Adesanya. Adesanya, who represents New Zealand, has fought six times for the UFC since he made his promotional debut. He has won all six of those bouts and is 17-0 overall.
In the co-main event, Dan Hooker, who trains with Adesanya at City Kickboxing in Auckland, faces former UFC lightweight title challenger Al Iaquinta in what could be a pivotal contest. Hooker, who is coming off a first-round knockout win over James Vick, is the No. 15 ranked fighter in the official lightweight rankings, while Iaquinta is the No. 6 ranked 155-pound competitor.
Also appearing on the ESPN+ streaming pay-per-view portion of UFC 243 is Australian heavyweight Tai Tuivasa. The last time Tuivasa fought in front of a home crowd, he was knocked out by Junior dos Santos. The 26-year-old described that setback as “torture. ” He looks to avoid that feeling again when he faces Sergey Spivak.
UFC 243 takes place Saturday, October 5 at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, Australia. The main card airs on ESPN+ pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN2 and UFC Fight Pass/ESPN+.
Before the fighters step into the octagon on Saturday, they will hit the scales. The ceremonial weigh-ins take place Friday. The first fighter is set to hit the scale at 8 p.m. ET.
You can watch the ceremonial weigh-ins as they take place right here:
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