MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – OCTOBER 06: Israel Adesanya of Nigeria celebrates after his knockout victory over Robert Whittaker of New Zealand in their UFC middleweight championship fight during the UFC 243 event at Marvel Stadium on October 06, 2019 in
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The UFC once again has an undisputed middleweight champion. On Saturday, Israel Adesanya unified the interim and middleweight titles with a second-round knockout win over Robert Whittaker. The fight served as the main event of UFC 243.
UFC 243 took place Saturday, October 5 at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, Australia. The main card aired on ESPN+ pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN2 and UFC Fight Pass/ESPN+.
In the co-main event, Dan Hooker defeated Al Iaquinta by unanimous decision.
The fight card set a UFC record for attendance, with 57,127 fans packing into Marvel Stadium. That number exceeded the previous record of 56,214, which was set at the same stadium for UFC 193. The headliner of that 2105 card was a women’s bantamweight title fight between Ronda Rousey and Holly Holm. Holm won that contest by second-round knockout.
UFC 243 Medical Suspensions (via mixedmartialarts.com):
Israel Adesanya – 7 days mandatory rest
Robert Whittaker – 60 days for knockout – 45 no contact
Dan Hooker – 30 days for left knee laceration – 21 days no contact
Al Iaquinta – 180 days or cleared by X-ray for left leg and left foot
Sergey Spivac – 7 days mandatory rest
Tia Tuivasa – 45 days for soreness in right ribs – 30 days no contact
Dhiego Lima – 7 days mandatory rest
Luke Jumeau – 30 days and 21 days no contact
Yorgan De Castro – 7 days mandatory rest
Justin Tafa – 60 days for knockout – 45 days no contact
Jake Matthews – 7 days mandatory rest
Rostam Akman – 7 days mandatory rest
Callan Porter – 30 days and 21 days no contact
Maki Pitolo – 30 days and 21 days no contact
Brad Riddell – 45 days for left eyebrow lacerations – 30 days no contact
Jamie Mullarkey – 30 days and 21 days no contact
Megan Anderson – 7 days mandatory rest
Zarah Faim – 30 days for left eyelid laceration – 21 days no contact
Ji Yeon Kim – 7 days mandatory rest
Nadia Kassem – 45 days and 30 days no contact
Khalid Taha – 30 days – 21 days no contact
Bruno Silva – 45 days for left eye laceration and 30 days no contact
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