It's Aussie vs Kiwi for the UFC middleweight title down in Melbourne, as Robert Whittaker makes his first fight in a year and a half against Israel Adesanya, the interim champ who is putting his unblemished MMA record on the line at Marvel Stadium in Australia. And right before this big 185 lb. main event, don't miss Al Iaquinta vs Dan Hooker in a lightweight co-main that's sure to excite.
How to Watch UFC 243
Early prelim matches will start at 6:15 p.m. ET, while the regular prelims will get going around 8:00 p.m. and will stream on ESPN+. The main card begins at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN+ pay-per-view, with additional streams available via the Reddit MMA Streams subreddit community.
Whittaker hasn't fought since he beat Yoel Romero for the second straight time at UFC 225 in Chicago. We'll see if Whittaker, No. 9 in UFC's pound-for-pound rankings, is fully recovered from the hernia that forced him out of a fight with Kelvin Gastelum and allowed Adesanya to take his title.
Adesanya, No. 14 in UFC's official pound-for-pound rankings, has one of the strongest chins and quickest jabs in the division, and he isn't going to give up his belt with anything less than an all-time performance from Whittaker.
This is as evenly matched a middleweight title fight as you will ever see, so strap in for a thrilling fight night down under.