Whittaker-Adesanya Official for UFC 243

To go with their appearance at the UFC’s Summer Press Conference, the UFC has officially confirmed Robert Whittaker and Israel Adesanya will compete to unify the UFC Middleweight Championship in the main event of UFC 243.

The event will take place on Oct. 5. No location and venue have been confirmed but it is heavily rumored to take place in Australia, based on both combatants hailing from Oceania and previous comments from UFC President Dana White. Last month, White claimed he was going to put on a fight that would “blow the [expletive] doors off [Australia].”

Despite holding UFC gold for two years now, this fight with Adesanya would also mark Whittaker’s first title defense. Whittaker won the interim middleweight championship at UFC 213 in July 2017 but was promoted to undisputed champion that December following Georges St Pierre’s relinquishment of the title and eventual retirement.

Whittaker was scheduled to defend the title against Luke Rockhold at UFC 221 but pulled out because of a staph infection. Whittaker then defeated Yoel Romero at UFC 225 in a fight that was for the title before Romero missed weight.

Whittaker was to defend against Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 234 earlier this year but pulled out of the event on hours’ notice after suffering a hernia. In May, Whittaker broke the record for most days between UFC title win and first title defense.

Gastelum went on to face Israel Adesanya in an interim title fight at UFC 236, with Adesanya winning a Fight of the Year contender.

Adesanya, a former GLORY kickboxer, made his UFC debut at UFC 221 and has won all six of his bouts in the promotion, also defeating the likes of Brad Tavares, Derek Brunson and Anderson Silva. Adesanya has won a post-fight bonus in all but one of his UFC bouts and was named Breakthrough Fighter of 2018 across many MMA media.

Original Story: MMAJunkie

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