UFC 243: Robert Whittaker and Israel Adesanya to unify middleweight belt in Australia

The UFC confirmed that undisputed middleweight champion Robert Whittaker (20-4-0) will face undefeated interim champion Israel Adesanya (17-0-0) at Melbourne’s UFC 243 in October.

Both fighters appeared at the UFC Summer press conference at UFC 239, with Adesanya accusing Whittaker of disrespect and inactivity.

Whittaker, 26, hasn’t fought since defeating Yoel Romero for the belt at UFC 225 in June 2018. He was supposed to defend against Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 234, but was forced to pull out hours before the bout with an abdominal hernia of the intestine ¬†and a twisted and collapsed bowel.

Meanwhile, the 29 year old Adesanya who debuted at UFC 225 in February 2018, has been active with six octagon bouts under his belt. He defeated Gastelum by decision at UFC 236 in April to win the interim belt.

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UFC 243 is scheduled for Oct. 6 at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.

More bouts are expected to be announced.

@kenaiandrews

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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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