The ceremonial weigh-in and subsequent face-offs were the last look for fans at the line-up for Saturday’s UFC 243.
UFC 243 takes place Saturday (Sunday locally) in Melbourne, Australia at the Marvel Stadium. For those unaware, that’s the same venue that bore witness to the “head kick heard ’round the world” — when Holly Holm dethroned Ronda Rousey in 2015. The venue’s name has changed. Rousey has left the sport. Holm was supposed to make the trip down under, but was forced off the card due to injury.
That leaves one Bobby Knuckles, properly Robert Whittaker, middleweight champ, and interim champion Israel Adesanya to do the heavy lifting. They’re what will drive this stadium show, and hopefully, that anticipated main event is enough to make up for a card that is otherwise thin for a show of this magnitude.
First up, of course, is the weigh-in. Whittaker, notably, made the move up from welterweight years ago, and never looked back. Adesanya has flirted with the idea of a move to light heavyweight, mainly for a super-fight with Jon Jones. But he’ll need to worry about the task at hand at 185lbs before that is even a possibility.
The ceremonial weigh-in for UFC 243 gets underway at 8PM ET. Tune in above for a live stream of the proceedings.
UFC 243: Whittaker vs. Adesanya Weigh-In Results
Main Card (PPV)
Middleweight: Robert Whittaker (c) (185) vs. Israel Adesanya (ic) (184) – for the undisputed UFC middleweight championship
Lightweight: Al Iaquinta (155) vs. Dan Hooker (155)
Heavyweight: Tai Tuivasa (264) vs. Sergey Spivak (233)
Welterweight: Luke Jumeau (171) vs. Dhiego Lima (171)
Heavyweight: Justin Tafa (265) vs. Yorgan De Castro (265)
Preliminary Card (ESPN2/TSN)
Welterweight: Jake Matthews (171) vs. Rostam Akman (171)
Welterweight: Callan Potter (171) vs. Maki Pitolo (170)
Lightweight: Jamie Mullarkey (156) vs. Brad Riddell (156)
Women’s Featherweight: Megan Anderson (146) vs. Zarah Fairn dos Santos (146)
Early Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Women’s Flyweight: Nadia Kassem (126) vs. Ji Yeon Kim (128)
Bantamweight: Khalid Taha (137) vs. Bruno Silva (136)