Israel Adesanya crowned the new middleweight king at UFC 243.

New UFC Middleweight champ, Israel Adesanya (18-0) is now the new undefeated undisputed middleweight champ of the UFC. Adesanya defeated Robert Whittaker for the title via a stunning second round TKO (punches).

In the first round Whittaker but in some mars shots but Adesanya floored the champ at the end of the round. In the second Adesanya kept landing hard shots and again floored Whittaker then went in the for kill to finish off the fight to win the what I called the Anzac battle.

Whittaker’s run of bad luck unfortunately continues in Australia, as his first two Mainevent fights at 221 in Perth, and 234 in Melbourne (Rod Laver Arena) were called off due to medical emergencies. With this brutal defeat it’s 0-3 for championships fights on home soil for Whittaker.

In fact it was a mixed bag for the Aussies today. Heavyweight Tui Tuivasa, lightweight Jaime Mullarkey and flyweight Nadia Kassem allsuffered losses, while Megan Anderson and Callan Potter had wins for the event.

Here are the full results of the event

Main Card

Israel Adesanya def. Rob Whittaker — via second round KO.

Dan Hooker (15) def. Al Iaquinta — via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26).

Serghei Spivac def. Tai Tuivasa (14) — via second round submission.

Dhiego Lima def. Luke Jumeau — via split decision.

Yorgan De Castro def. Justin Tafa — via first round KO.


Jake Matthews def. Rostem Akman — via unanimous decision.

Callan Potter def. Maki Pitolo — via unanimous decision.

Brad Riddell def. Jamie Mullarkey — via unanimous decision.

Megan Anderson def. Zarah Fairn — via first round submission.

Early Prelims

Ji Yeon Kim def. Nadia Kassem — via second round TKO.

Khalid Taha def. Bruno Silva — via third round submission.

But one major positive for the day, once again the audience record that was previously held by the Rousey v Holm event in 2015 has been  smashed with 57127 people packing into Marvel Stadium to witness the event, despite the event going up against the NRL Grand Final day in Sydney. Proving that us Aussies love a good old fashioned fight.

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Written by Jason Fletcher

Recently retired Australian Soldier that has always had a passion for sports, particularly Rugby League, Boxing and MMA. Former Semi-pro League, player and amateur boxer that wants to share the passion for Aussie Boxing