The UFC is finally going to hit Melbourne, Australia – and hit it hard.
UFC 193 will take place November 15 inside the Etihad Stadium. It marks the first event to be held in Melbourne and just the third stadium show for the promotion.
In the main event, Robbie Lawler defends his welterweight title against Carlos Condit. Also, heavyweights Mark Hunt and Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva rematch from their draw a few years back.
“Finally the UFC is coming to Melbourne in what will be the biggest UFC event ever,” UFC president Dana White said. “There’s been a lot of talk about Melbourne, title fights and stadium shows. The UFC is doing all three at the Etihad Stadium in front of 70,000 people. Australia has been an amazing market for the UFC and to thank the Aussies for all of their support we are bringing the superstar of the welterweight division, UFC world champion Robbie Lawler. He will be facing the always-exciting ‘Natural Born Killer’ Carlos Condit.
“Robbie Lawler is coming off of the most exciting title defense in welterweight history. We are also bringing the rematch of the greatest heavyweight fight I have ever seen between New Zealand legend Mark Hunt vs. Bigfoot Silva. November 15 is going to be insane!”
Other confirmed fights include Michael Bisping vs. Robert Whittaker, Jake Matthews vs. Akbarh Arreola, Kyle Noke vs. Peter Sobotta and Gian Villante vs. Anthony Perosh.
Lawler successfully defended his title vs. Rory MacDonald earlier this year, while Condit – an ex-WEC and interim UFC champion – returned from an extended layoff with a win over Thiago Alves.
Below is the current lineup:
UFC Welterweight Championship
Robbie Lawler (c) vs. Carlos Condit
Heavyweight: Mark Hunt vs. Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva
Middleweight: Michael Bisping vs. Robert Whittaker
Lightweight: Jake Matthews vs. Akbarh Arreola
Welterweight: Kyle Noke vs. Peter Sobotta
Light Heavyweight: Gian Villante vs. Anthony Perosh
Middleweight: Daniel Kelly vs. Ricardo Abreu
Welterweight: Richard Walsh vs. Steve Kennedy