UFC 243 Will Be One of the Highest Attended Events Ever and Here's Why
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In just two weeks, Robert Whittaker of Australia, and Israel Adesanya of New Zealand, will take to the Octagon and compete for the UFC Middleweight Championship in front of what will certainly be a sold out Marvel Stadium in Melbourne. Having an Aussie square off against a Kiwi in the land down under will be a spectacle to behold as well as a celebration of how far MMA has come in two countries rich with martial arts history. As for the fight itself, we will be treated to one of the most anticipated Middleweight fights of all time.
On one hand, we have the battle-tested Robert Whittaker, who we have seen use his powerful striking to work his way to a middleweight championship. On the other hand we have the ex-professional kickboxing star-turned MMA superstar, Israel Adesanya, who has been a rare example of a fighter coming over from kickboxing and successfully making the transition to MMA - and in Adesanya’s case, an unbelievably successful transition.
One of the big questions coming into this fight is: How will Whittaker’s time away from the Octagon, as well as his health, affect him after he was hospitalized and underwent surgery for an abdominal hernia on the day he was scheduled to fight Kelvin Gastelum? Whittaker has now been away from the Octagon for well over a year and it would be only natural to wonder if this will be a factor in the fight.
While Whittaker was on the side lines, Adesanya has climbed his way up the Middleweight rankings, culminating with an interim title fight victory over Kelvin Gastelum. During this run, Adesanya showed a superb ability to first stop his opponents from taking him down and then the ability to absolutely dismantle his opponents with technical and precise striking. We will now get to see if he can do this against the middleweight champion who has also showed an ability to strike with the best and additionally has an impressive wrestling pedigree.
Perhaps Whittaker will finally be the fighter that can get Adesanya to the ground and neutralize his striking. Or maybe Adesanya will continue his dominance in the striking department on his way to an Undisputed UFC championship.
We will get the answer on October 5th.