It’s time for UFC 243 and it’s going to be a good one. Talk about your all-time style match-ups.
In one corner you have Robert Whittaker. The spreadsheet using gamer with lightning fast hands and an all-round game that has many calling him the new George St Pierre. In the other corner you have Israel Adesanya. The sublime striker with feints for days and sniper-like accuracy we haven’t seen since the days of Anderson Silva in his prime.
Remember that long dreamed of superfight between Silva and GSP? Well, this is as close as we’re ever going to get. With next-generation athletes loaded with next-generation skill-sets, in Whittaker vs. Adesanya UFC 243 has a main event that sits on the absolute cutting edge of what’s possible in MMA.
UFC 243 viewing info
Date: Saturday, Oct. 5 | Location: Marvel Stadium — Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Time: 10 p.m. ET
UFC 243 WEIGH IN
The UFC 243 weigh-ins took place from Marvel Stadium at 10am on Saturday, with a couple of prelim fighters missing weight.
The good news is that everyone on the main card came in under weight, meaning we’ve got a title fight at the top of the card.
UFC 243 FIGHT CARD
The UFC have confirmed the official fight order for UFC 243, with Jake Matthews set to headline the prelims.
There are 11 fights on UFC 243 after Holly Holm pulled out over the weekend. All but one bout (Taha v Silva) contains a local fighter, with 11 ANZACs set to make the walk to the Octagon.
Here’s the full bout order.
UFC 243 MAIN CARD
Robert Whittaker (champion) vs Israel Adesanya (interim champion)
Al Iaquinta vs Dan Hooker (lightweight)
Tai Tuivasa vs Sergey Spivak (heavyweight)
Luke Jumeau vs Dhiego Lima (welterweight)
Justin Tafa vs Yorgan De Castro (Heavyweight)
UFC 243 PRELIMS
Jake Matthews vs Rostam Akman (welterweight)
Cal Potter vs Maki Pitolo (welterweight)
Megan Anderson vs Zarah Farim Dos Santos (featherweight)
Brad Riddell vs Jamie Mullarkey (lightweight)
This event takes place in Melbourne, Australia so you might expect some weird start times. Not so. UFC 243’s main card starts early on Australian soil, meaning it will be very friendly to folks in the US. It takes place on Saturday October 5 in the US.
Here are the times by region.
The Main Card starts at 10 p.m. (ET)
The Prelims start at 8 p.m. (ET)
The Early Prelims start at 6.15 p.m. (ET)
(Note that in Australia UFC 243 runs through into Sunday October 6.)
The Main Card starts at 3 a.m. (BST)
The Prelims start at 1 a.m. (BST)
The Early Prelims start at 11.15 p.m. (BST)
(Note in Australia UFC 243 starts on Sunday, October 6.)
The Main Card starts at 1 p.m. (AEST)
The Prelims start at 11 a.m. (AEST)
The Early Prelims start at 9.15 a.m. (AEST)