UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker defends his title against interim middleweight champion Israel Adesanya in the main event of UFC 243 live from Marvel Stadium in Melbourne. Check out UFC 243 results below.
Whittaker started strong, landing kicks and charging forward with huge, charging strikes. Whittaker looks busier and is throwing with intensity. Adesanya picked his shots and played it smart.
Second before the first round finished, Adesanya dropped Whittaker with a huge left, but the champ was saved from any further damage by the bell.
As the second round kicked in, Adesanya showed why is here. The New Zealander was fighting smart, was lighter on his feet and landing some dangerous shots.
At 3:33 the end came. Adesanya dropped the champ and etched himself into the history books with a huge win over Robert Whittaker.
Less than two years into his UFC career, Adesanya moves to 18-0 and has unified the middleweight title. Whittaker’s winning streak that goes back to 2014 has come to a dramatic end.
Hooker picks apart Iaquinta
Brad Riddell got the City Kickboxing crew under way and Dan Hooker was the man to keep that momentum rolling.
Over three rounds, the lightweight contender picked apart “Raging” Al Iaquinta with perfectly-timed low kicks and stiff jabs.
Hooker was dangerous on the ground and on his feet, landing a crazy amount of elbows and kicks as he forced Iaquinta to switch up his approach. As the first round closed out, Hooker walked back to his corner with a 63% striking success rate.
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Round two and Iaquinta proved he was still in the fight, landing crisp right hands and finding success in close range. Hooker, however remained calm and showed solid resilience.
Patience paid off with Hooker landing a big right hook that dropped Iaquinta and handed “Hangman” the second round.
Hooker opened the third in much the same way. Strong. Iaquinta was limping and Hooker continued to throw perfectly-timed low kicks and straight jabs. Hooker continued to land leg kicks and a bloodied and battered Iaquinta had little in reply.
That was one hell of a performance from the Hangman. The moment for City Kickboxing continues.
Spivak sleeps Tuivasa
One of the main event features of the night was Sydney native Tai Tuivasa, who faced Ukrainian slugger Sergey Spivak.
As the opening bell rang, Tuivasa grounded Sergey with a thunderous leg kick and continued to pour it on. He was finding success until Sergey replied with a huge big takedown of his own.
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Tuivasa isn’t one for backing down and he pushed forward and laid on the pressure. A huge elbow midway through the opening round did little to shake the Ukrainian and both men continued to trade amid echoes of “Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi Oi Oi” from the crowd.
As the first round started to close, Spivak wrapped up secured a headlock on the ground but Tuivasa was able to break free. Spivak had a total of five take downs in the opening round.
Second round and Spivak looked to take control of the fight, despite some huge blows from Tuivasa.
Spivak took control on the ground and delivered some punishing strikes and submission attempts.
At 3:14 seconds into the second round, Spivak found success with his arm triangle and sent Tuivasa to sleep.
No shoey, folks.
Israel Adesanya def. Robert Whittaker
TKO (strikes) at 3:33 of R2
Dan Hooker def. Al Iaquinta
Sergey Spivak def. Tai Tuivasa
Submission (arm triangle) at 3:14 of R2
Dhiego Lima def. Luke Jumeau
Yorgan De Castro def. Justin Tafa
KO at 2:10 of R1
Jake Matthews def. Rostem Akman
Callan Potter def. Maki Pitolo
Brad Riddell def. Jamie Mullarkey
Megan Anderson def. Zarah Fairn dos Santos
Sub (triangle choke) at 3:57 of R1
Kim Ji-Yeon def. Nadia Kassem
TKO at 4:59 of R2
Khalid Taha def. Bruno Silva
Submission (arm triangle) at 3:00 of R3