When the UFC touches down under in Australia for UFC 243, they’ll bring a main event that can only be considered massive for locals.

Australia’s own Robert Whittaker, the current UFC middleweight champion, will face New Zealand’s own and the current interim middleweight champion, Israel Adesanya.

The names of Whittker and Adesanya might not hit big with the casual fan or those who don’t follow the UFC too closely, but for many reasons, this is a fight that should not be missed. The event has plenty of local talent on the card including the co-main event, where Australia’s Dan Hooker will take on Al Iaquinta in a pivotal lightweight matchup.

With plenty of fun fights on the card, the main focus for the UFC, and for the fans, should be locked in on this main event.

There’s a reason why the UFC booked this fight to take place at Marvel Stadium, as it’s expected to set UFC records for largest attendance, and the stadium seems to be the most fitting for these two fighters fighting for a title — in a major rivalry between New Zealand and Australia — to find out who the best middleweight in the world is.

Since entering the UFC, Adesanya has gone 6-0 with notable wins over Anderson Silva and a “Fight of the Year” contender against Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 236 in April of this year. In his fight against Gastelum, Adesanya faced adversity multiple times, and battled through it all to claim the interim title, stamping his place among the best in the middleweight division. In his performance at UFC 236, Adesanya answered many critics who claimed he was only a kickboxer, given his extensive record in his kickboxing career before he transitioned to the UFC.

If you’re looking for the pure definition of toughness, look no further than Robert Whittaker who has faced Yoel Romero in his last two fights, going the distance in both of them. Most recently, he won by split decision at UFC 225, but injuries have kept him from returning since.

In the main event of UFC 243, it’s not just a main event fight, it’s not just a title fight, it’s a fight of hometown pride, a fight of hometown glory, a fight that sets the stage for the middleweight division that is loaded with contenders.

Some of the biggest names in UFC history have been from outside of the United States, with names like Georges St-Pierre, Jose Aldo, Anderson Silva, Amanda Nunes, Khabib Nurmagomedov to name a few, and the winner of UFC 243 could join this very elite International company.

Most of the excitement and anticipation for UFC 243 will be those in the area of Australia and New Zealand, but make no mistake about it, this fight is for everyone and not a single person should miss it, as there is plenty on the line for everyone involved.

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