Live from MARVEL Stadium in Melbourne, Australia – Main Card Starts at 10 p.m. ET
- Featuring UFC Middleweight Champion Robert Whittaker vs. Interim Champion Israel Adesanya
- Exclusively on ESPN+ PPV: Main Card starts at 10 p.m. ET
- To purchase, visit ESPNPlus.com/PPV or the ESPN App on mobile and connected-TV devices
- Prelims at 8 p.m. on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes, Early Prelims at 6:45 p.m. on ESPN+
- To subscribe, visit www.espnplus.com/ufc
UFC 243: WHITTAKER vs ADESANYA will stream exclusively on ESPN+ PPV this Saturday, October 5, at 10 p.m. ET from MARVEL Stadium in Melbourne, Australia. The main event features UFC middleweight champion Robert “The Reaper” Whittaker (21-4) versus undefeated interim champion Israel “The Last Stylebender” Adesanya (17-0) to decide the undisputed UFC middleweight title. UFC 243 will also feature a co-main lightweight fight between ranked contenders No. 6 ”Raging” Al Iaquinta (14-5-1) and No. 15 Dan “The Hangman” Hooker (19-8).
UFC 243: WHITTAKER vs ADESANYA will begin with early prelims at 6:45 p.m. ET on ESPN+ in English and Spanish, with prelims at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes.
Whittaker, who was born in New Zealand and trains out of Sydney, Australia, will be seeking his 10th straight UFC victory following his latest win, a five-round decision over current No. 3 UFC middleweight Yoel Romero (13-4) at UFC 225 in June 2018. Adesanya, a Nigerian-New Zealander, has his own winning streak of six UFC fights, having never lost a professional bout in 17 total contests. His most recent win was a five-round decision for the interim UFC middleweight title, which is the consensus leading contender for “Fight of the year”, beating Kelvin Gastelum (16-4) at UFC 236 in April.
In the co-main event, Iaquinta will look to rebound after losing a five-round, “Fight of the Night” decision to Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in May of this year. He’ll take on Hooker, a New Zealander coming off a first-round “Performance of the Night” KO win over James Vick (13-4) in July.
UFC 243: WHITTAKER vs ADESANYA Original Content:
- Detail: Daniel Cormier breaks down Israel Adesanya
UFC 243: WHITTAKER vs ADESANYA on ESPN.com:
- ESPN’s Brett Okamoto on Whittaker’s chance to reverse his fortune in defending his title versus Adesanya
- MMA experts explain their picks for UFC 243 (E+)
- UFC 243 Main Event Breakdown: Can Whittaker handle Adesanya’s striking accuracy?
- ESPN’s Stuart Randall on The New Zealand fighter factory that punches well above its MMA weight
- MMA Fightcenter: Live statistics and fighter profile cards
- UFC 243 Betting Guide (E+)
- UFC on ESPN: Complete Schedule
- All UFC 243 Coverage: ESPN.com/mma
UFC 243: Whittaker vs Adesanya: Programming (all times ET)
UFC Live, Weigh-In and Pre-Show (Friday, Oct. 4):
5:30 p.m. UFC Live UFC 243 Preview ESPN2
8 p.m. Weigh-in UFC 243: Whittaker vs. Adesanya ESPN+
9:30 p.m. Pre-Show UFC 243: Whittaker vs. Adesanya ESPN+
Main Card, Prelims and Early Prelims (Saturday, Oct. 5):
10 p.m. Main Event (C) Robert Whittaker vs. (IC) Israel Adesanya ESPN+ PPV (English and Spanish)
Co-Main No. 6 Al Iaquinta vs. No. 15 Dan Hooker
Undercard No. 14 Tai Tuivasa vs. Serghei Spivac
Luke Jumeau vs. Dhiego Lima
Justin Tafa vs. Yorgan De Castro
8 p.m. Prelims Jake Matthews vs. Rostem Akman ESPN2, ESPN Deportes
Callan Potter vs. Maki Pitolo
Brad Riddell vs. Jamie Mullarkey
Megan Anderson vs. Zarah Fairn Dos Santos
6:45 p.m. Early Prelims Nadia Kassem vs. Ji Yeon Kim ESPN+ (English and Spanish)
Khalid Taha vs. Bruno Silva
How to Watch
- Existing ESPN+ subscribers can purchase and watch UFC 243 for $59.99 at com/ufc/ppv or on the ESPN App across all major TV-connected devices.
- New ESPN+ subscribers can purchase UFC 243 and a full year of ESPN+ for just $79.98.
- Users can sign up and purchase via the ESPN App across mobile and connected-TV devices or via the web at com/ufc/ppv and ESPN.com.
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