Whittaker vs Adesanya Live UFC 243 Live Stream, UFC fans have not seen middleweight champion Robert Whittaker in action very much over the past few years, but when he returns to the Octagon in the main event of UFC 243, it will be in as legitimate a fight as fans could ask for. Standing across from Whittaker will be undefeated interim champ Israel Adesanya.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will (hopefully) bring an end to its middleweight logjam at the upcoming UFC 243 pay-per-view (PPV) event on ESPN+, headlined by the 185-pound title fight between reigning division kingpin, Robert Whittaker, and current interim titleholder, Israel Adesanya.
They’ll throw down in the five-round main event, scheduled for Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, on Sun., Oct. 6, 2019 (airing stateside on Sat., Oct. 5, due to the considerable discrepancy in time zones), part of a five-fight main card we’ll be previewing (and predicting) below.
Adding extra heat to an already sizzling main event match up, New Zealander Adesanya (17-0) and Australian Whittaker (20-4) will be fighting in front of a packed and rowdy crowd at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.
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Whittaker won the interim championship with a July 2017 win over Yoel Romero at UFC 213. While the fight was competitive, not a single media outlet tracked by MMADecisions.com scored the bout for Romero. Following the bout, Whittaker was sidelined due to a knee injury and was promoted to undisputed champion when Georges St. Pierre vacated the title. After more time on the shelf because of a case of staph infection, he returned to action in a June 2018 rematch with Romero which he won via split decision — despite most of the media siding with Romero on their unofficial scorecards. An abdominal hernia and twisted and collapsed bowel sidelined the champ once again, putting off a potential fight with Kelvin Gastelum in February 2019.
While Whittaker has been sidelined for much of the past two years, Adesanya has fought and won six times in the Octagon since 2018. In five of those bouts, he won performance bonuses, including his Fight of the Night victory over Gastelum to capture the interim title. Gastelum pushed Adesanya to his limits, but the New Zealander showed tremendous heart in turning things up down the stretch to take the decision.
Whittaker is looking to Gastelum’s blueprint as how he can come out on top.
“I don’t think he’s going to be able to withstand the heat that I bring — and I’m not looking to finish him; I’m looking to drag this into a five-round war,” Whittaker said at the UFC 243 media day event. “I’m going to drag him into the trenches. I’m going to do what Gastelum did, but better. Let’s see if he wants to leave early.”
While this card may lack the depth of a big time PPV event we’ve grown accustomed to with UFC, there’s still plenty of rising stars in waiting looking for a breakout performance. Look no further than the co-main event where Adesanya’s training partner at City MMA, Dan Hooker, takes on the always tough Al Iaquinta. Hooker has turned his career around after a 5-4 start in MMA and could be working his way up arguably the toughest division in the sport with a win on Saturday. Let’s take a closer look at the rest of the card with the latest odds from MGM.