Robert Whittaker Ready To Give Melbourne Another Show
It has been more good than bad for UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker when it comes to competing in Melbourne, Australia.
For Robert Whittaker, stepping inside the Octagon in Melbourne, Australia has some very mixed feelings.
Earlier this year, Whittaker was scheduled to defend his UFC middleweight title at UFC 234 against top contender Kelvin Gastelum from Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne. However, a hernia and twisted and collapsed bowel forced him out just hours before the event was to start.
Now, Whittaker returns to Melbourne, but this time it is Marvel Stadium as he will take on interim champion Israel Adesanya. The two headline UFC 243 on Saturday night for the undisputed title.
Whittaker does have better moments from Melbourne, including a 2016 first round finish via head-kick over Derek Brunson.
UFC Fight Replay: Robert Whittaker Vs. Derek Brunson
He also downed Uriah Hall in 2015 in Melbourne and owns UFC victories over Brad Scott to become The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes winner, Brad Tavares and Clint Hester in the country.
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The 28-year-old from South Auckland, New Zealand will be looking to make another splash in front of his fans when he takes on the unbeaten Adesanya.
UFC 243 Fight Card
MAIN CARD (ESPN+ Pay-Per-View)
UFC Middleweight Championship
Robert Whittaker (c) vs. Israel Adesanya (ic)
Lightweight: Al Iaquinta vs. Dan Hooker
Heavyweight: Tai Tuivasa vs. Serghei Spivak
Welterweight: Luke Jumeau vs. Dhiego Lima
Female Bantamweight: Holly Holm vs. Raquel Pennington
PRELIMINARY CARD (ESPN)
Welterweight: Jake Matthews vs. Rostem Akman
Heavyweight: Justin Tafa vs. Yorgan De Castro
Welterweight: Callan Potter vs. Maki Pitolo
Female Featherweight: Megan Anderson vs. Zarah Fairn dos Santos
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass)
Lightweight: Jamie Mullarkey vs. Brad Riddell
Female Flyweight: Nadia Kassem vs. Ji Yeon Kim
Bantamweight: Khalid Taha vs. Bruno Silva