UFC 243: WHITTAKER vs. ADESANYA from Melbourne on ESPN+ PPV


Live from MARVEL Stadium in Melbourne, Australia 
Main Card Starts at 10 p.m. ET

  • Featuring UFC Middleweight Champion Robert Whittaker vs. Interim Champion Israel Adesanya
  • Exclusively on ESPN+ PPV: Main Card starts at 10 p.m. ET
  • To purchase, visit ESPNPlus.com/PPV or the ESPN App on mobile and connected-TV devices
  • Prelims at 8 p.m. on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes, Early Prelims at 6:45 p.m. on ESPN+
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UFC 243: WHITTAKER vs ADESANYA will stream exclusively on ESPN+ PPV this Saturday, October 5, at 10 p.m. ET from MARVEL Stadium in Melbourne, Australia. The main event features UFC middleweight champion Robert “The Reaper” Whittaker (21-4) versus undefeated interim champion Israel “The Last Stylebender” Adesanya (17-0) to decide the undisputed UFC middleweight title. UFC 243 will also feature a co-main lightweight fight between ranked contenders No. 6 ”Raging” Al Iaquinta (14-5-1) and No. 15 Dan “The Hangman” Hooker (19-8).

UFC 243: WHITTAKER vs ADESANYA will begin with early prelims at 6:45 p.m. ET on ESPN+ in English and Spanish, with prelims at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes.

Whittaker, who was born in New Zealand and trains out of Sydney, Australia, will be seeking his 10th straight UFC victory following his latest win, a five-round decision over current No. 3 UFC middleweight Yoel Romero (13-4) at UFC 225 in June 2018. Adesanya, a Nigerian-New Zealander, has his own winning streak of six UFC fights, having never lost a professional bout in 17 total contests. His most recent win was a five-round decision for the interim UFC middleweight title, which is the consensus leading contender for “Fight of the year”, beating Kelvin Gastelum (16-4) at UFC 236 in April.

In the co-main event, Iaquinta will look to rebound after losing a five-round, “Fight of the Night” decision to Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in May of this year. He’ll take on Hooker, a New Zealander coming off a first-round “Performance of the Night” KO win over James Vick (13-4) in July.

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UFC 243: Whittaker vs Adesanya: Programming (all times ET)

UFC Live, Weigh-In and Pre-Show (Friday, Oct. 4):

5:30 p.m.        UFC Live              UFC 243 Preview                                                        ESPN2
8 p.m.              Weigh-in             UFC 243: Whittaker vs. Adesanya                               ESPN+
9:30 p.m.        Pre-Show            UFC 243: Whittaker vs. Adesanya                               ESPN+

Main Card, Prelims and Early Prelims (Saturday, Oct. 5):
10 p.m.            Main Event         (C) Robert Whittaker vs. (IC) Israel Adesanya            ESPN+ PPV (English and Spanish)
Co-Main                                      No. 6 Al Iaquinta vs. No. 15 Dan Hooker
Undercard                                   No. 14 Tai Tuivasa vs. Serghei Spivac
                                                   Luke Jumeau vs. Dhiego Lima
                                                   Justin Tafa vs. Yorgan De Castro

8 p.m.              Prelims                Jake Matthews vs. Rostem Akman                                 ESPN2, ESPN Deportes
                                                    Callan Potter vs. Maki Pitolo
                                                    Brad Riddell vs. Jamie Mullarkey
                                                    Megan Anderson vs. Zarah Fairn Dos Santos

6:45 p.m.        Early Prelims      Nadia Kassem vs. Ji Yeon Kim                                        ESPN+ (English and Spanish)
                                                  Khalid Taha vs. Bruno Silva

How to Watch

  • Existing ESPN+ subscribers can purchase and watch UFC 243 for $59.99 at com/ufc/ppv or on the ESPN App across all major TV-connected devices.
  • New ESPN+ subscribers can purchase UFC 243 and a full year of ESPN+ for just $79.98.
  • Users can sign up and purchase via the ESPN App across mobile and connected-TV devices or via the web at com/ufc/ppv and ESPN.com.
  • Fans can sign-up for ESPN+ at any time at com, ESPN.com or on the ESPN App for $4.99 per month or $49.99 per year.

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