Yep, the spanking-new Bankwest Stadium, currently serving as the staging ground for the Parramatta Eels to crush their enemies and hear the lamentations of their women, will be the venue for UFC 243, which will hopefully include the fight between Robert Whittaker and Israel Adesenya, the first official title defence for Whittaker. A crowd of 30,000 is a possibility for what will be the biggest fight in Australian MMA history.
Adesanya became the interim middleweight champion when he beat Kevin Gastelum at UFC 236, setting him on a collision course with the undisputed champion, Whittaker. Adesanya, AKA “The Last Stylebender” (meaning…?) has the momentum going into the title fight: since Whittaker’s last bout, Adesanya has fought four times for four wins, over Gastelum, Brad Tavares, Derek Brunson and Anderson Silva.
UFC 243 will hit town on October 6 this year, bringing Western Sydney the kind of violence it hasn’t seen since the heyday of Mark Geyer. It’ll be the night of a lifetime for MMA fans, and no doubt just as exciting for anyone who finds the entire idea of MMA appalling. So a good time should be had by all.