Brad Riddell and Jamie Mullarkey will join UFC 243 next month in their respective promotional debuts.
UFC 243 is set to go down in Melbourne, Australia on October 5. The card is headlined by middleweight champion Robert Whittaker and interim middleweight champion Israel Adesanya. Fellow Kiwi Kai Kara-France announced after his latest win that teammate Brad Riddell had signed with the UFC, and would fight on the UFC 243 card. Sources now confirm to Cageside Press that Riddell will take on Australia’s Jamie Mullarkey in a lightweight bout.
Brad Riddell, while not having much experience on the MMA side, has over sixty kickboxing bouts to his name. Of late, he’s appeared under the ONE Championship banner in that discipline. Riddell shot to prominence when he beat John Wayne Parr, and has held multiple titles. His professional MMA record is 6-1, and he is currently on a three-fight win streak.
“Quake” Riddell also has a notable win over current UFC welterweight Kenan Song. Riddell is a product out of City Kickboxing with the likes of Kai Kara-France, Shane Young, and the PPV headliner Israel Adesanya
Jamie Mullarkey, meanwhile, fights out of Central Coast, New South Wales and holds a professional record of 12-2. Mullarkey, after a two-fight skid in 2016, has rebounded and is now on a four-fight win streak. In the process, he won the Superfight MMA and Urban Fight Night lightweight titles. He’s also the former Brace featherweight champion.
Fighting for nearly seven years Mullarkey has some solid experience with fourteen total fights. Along the way, he’s fought good regional competition including top UFC featherweight, Alex Volkanovski. Now, much improved, he will be making his debut after calling out Riddell for this opportunity.