UFC 243

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UFC 243: Whittaker vs. Adesanya
UFC 243 Poster.jpg
The poster for UFC 243: Whittaker vs. Adesanya.
PromotionUltimate Fighting Championship
DateOctober 6, 2019 (2019-10-06)
VenueMarvel Stadium
CityMelbourne, Australia
Total gate$5,470,000[1]
Event chronology
UFC Fight Night: Hermansson vs. Cannonier UFC 243: Whittaker vs. Adesanya UFC Fight Night: Joanna vs. Waterson

UFC 243: Whittaker vs. Adesanya was a mixed martial arts pay-per-view event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship that took place on October 6, 2019 at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.[2][3]


The event was the fourth that the promotion had contested in Melbourne and second at the venue, following UFC 193 in November 2015.[3]

A UFC Middleweight Championship unification bout between the champion Robert Whittaker (also The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes welterweight winner) and undefeated interim champion Israel Adesanya served as the event's headliner.[4]

A women’s bantamweight bout between former UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion Holly Holm and former title challenger Raquel Pennington was expected to take place at this event.[5] The pairing previously met at UFC 184 on February 2015, when Holm won via split decision in her UFC debut.[6] However on September 27, it was revealed that Holm withdrew from the bout due to a hamstring injury and the bout was cancelled.[7]

At the weigh-ins, Khalid Taha and Ji Yeon Kim missed the required weight for their respective fights. Taha weighed in at 137 pounds, 1 pound over the bantamweight non-title fight limit of 136. Meanwhile, Kim weighed in at 128 pounds, 2 pounds over the flyweight non-title fight limit of 126. Both bouts were held at catchweight. Taha and Kim were fined 20% and 30% of their purse respectively, which went to their opponents Bruno Gustavo da Silva and Nadia Kassem.[8]


Main Card
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Middleweight Israel Adesanya (ic) def. Robert Whittaker (c) KO (punches) 2 3:33 [a]
Lightweight Dan Hooker def. Al Iaquinta Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–26) 3 5:00
Heavyweight Sergey Spivak def. Tai Tuivasa Technical Submission (arm-triangle choke) 2 3:14
Welterweight Dhiego Lima def. Luke Jumeau Decision (split) (28–29, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00
Heavyweight Yorgan de Castro def. Justin Tafa KO (punch) 1 2:10
Preliminary Card (ESPN2)
Welterweight Jake Matthews def. Rostem Akman Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27) 3 5:00
Welterweight Callan Potter def. Maki Pitolo Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00
Lightweight Brad Riddell def. Jamie Mullarkey Decision (unanimous) (29–27, 30–26, 30–26) 3 5:00
Women's Featherweight Megan Anderson def. Zarah Fairn dos Santos Submission (triangle choke) 1 3:57
Early Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Catchweight (128 lb) Ji Yeon Kim def. Nadia Kassem TKO (body punches) 2 4:59
Catchweight (137 lb) Khalid Taha def. Bruno Gustavo da Silva No Contest (overturned) 3 3:00 [b]
  1. ^ For the UFC Middleweight Championship.
  2. ^ Originally a Submission (arm-triangle choke) win for Taha; overturned after he tested positive for furosemide.


Bonus awards[edit]

The following fighters received $50,000 bonuses.[10]

  • Fight of the Night: Brad Riddell vs. Jamie Mullarkey
  • Performance of the Night: Israel Adesanya and Yorgan de Castro

Records set[edit]

UFC 243 broke the attendance record for a UFC event with a total of 57,127 people. The previous record (56,214) had been set at the same venue in November 2015 at UFC 193.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Staff (2019-10-06). "UFC 243 sets new UFC attendance record, Adesanya gets a bonus". asiamma.com. Retrieved 2019-10-06.
  2. ^ Staff (2019-07-23). "UFC 243, Robert Whiitaker v Israel Adesanya fight set for Melbourne on October 5". foxsports.com. Retrieved 2019-07-23.
  3. ^ a b Nick Walshaw (2019-07-23). "Record crowd expected for Aussie UFC blockbuster". dailytelegraph.com.au. Retrieved 2019-07-23.
  4. ^ Tyler Conway (2019-07-23). "Robert Whittaker vs. Israel Adesanya to headline UFC 243 card in Melbourne". bleacherreport.com. Retrieved 2019-07-23.
  5. ^ Paul Kasabian (2019-08-07). "Report: Holly Holm to Face Raquel Pennington at UFC 243". bleacherreport.com. Retrieved 2019-08-07.
  6. ^ Brent Brookhouse (2015-02-28). "UFC 184 results, photos: Heavily hyped Holly Holm takes split from Raquel Pennington". mmajunkie.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2019-09-30.
  7. ^ Damon Martin (2019-07-29). "Holly Holm reveals the injury that forced her out of the fight against Raquel Pennington at UFC 243". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2019-07-30.
  8. ^ Staff (2019-10-04). "UFC 243 weigh-in results: Two miss weight, but Whittaker vs. Adesanya official". mmajunkie.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2019-10-05.
  9. ^ "UFC 243: Whittaker vs. Adesanya". Ultimate Fighting Championship. Retrieved 2019-10-05.
  10. ^ Alexander Lee (2019-10-06). "UFC 243 bonuses: Israel Adesanya rewarded for championship-winning knockout". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2019-10-06.