How to watch UFC 243 Whittaker vs Adesanya in Australia
Live stream or on TV, here's how to watch the biggest UFC event in Australian history: Whittaker vs Adesanya on 6 October.
As Bruce Buffer says before every big fight, "it's timeeeee!" The biggest UFC fight of the year and it comes in the form of a Middleweight Championship unification bout. It's Australian Robert Whittaker vs Israel Adesanya, and it makes UFC 243 an unmissable event.
This is easily the biggest UFC card in the history of Australia and New Zealand with several fighters representing those two nations. There's Dan "The Hangman" Hooker, Tai "Bam Bam" Tuivasa, Luke Jumeau, Jake Matthews, Megan Anderson, Brad Ridell and Nadia Kassem.
Dan Hooker vs Al Iaquinta is the co-main event, which sees The Hangman attempt to ascend up the pecking order. A win by Hooker over sixth ranked Iaquinta could really edge him towards lightweight contender status, where big names Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor loom. Tai Tuivasa vs Sergey Spivac will see Bam Bam try to bounce back from consecutive losses.
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Who will win Whittaker vs Adesanya?
This will be Robert Whittaker's first fight since June 2018, after he pulled out of his last fight at UFC 234 due to injuries that required emergency surgery. Whittaker's record is 20–4, but he hasn't lost since February 2014 and is on a 9-fight win streak.
Meanwhile, Adesanya has risen to UFC fame faster that anyone in recent memory. The man they call "The Last Stylebender" sports an undefeated record of 17–0 with 13 knockouts. He last defeated Kelvin Gastelum for the interim middleweight title. And before that he beat all-time great Anderson Silva.
This fight is proving nearly impossible to pick and even the bookies are struggling to split the pair. Going just off physical stats, Adesanya has a height and reach advantage. But Whittaker has overcome that before. If you were to delve deeper into analysis and check out UFC Stats, you'll find yourself splitting hairs there, too.
It's very hard to overlook Whittaker's year-long absence from the octagon, especially with a gruelling five-round encounter. So while a victory prediction is a difficult task, an expectation that UFC 243 will be the "fight of the year" is not.
When is UFC 243?
The main card is scheduled for Sunday 6 October at 1pm AEST. The main preliminary card will start at 11am AEST. This is the same day as the NRL Grand Final, but fortunately the UFC will be finished beforehand. However, there is some overlap with the also highly anticipated Golovkin vs Derevyanchenko boxing bout.
The weigh-in for UFC 243 was on Saturday 6 October at 10am AEST, and both fighters mate weight. For all other UFC fights occurring through the rest of 2019, see our UFC calendar.
Where is UFC 243?
The fight is set to be held at Marvel Stadium, Melbourne, which previously hosted UFC 193 in 2015. Fans will be hopeful the main event can be as memorable again. It was UFC 193 where Holly Holm knocked out the previously unbeaten Ronda Rousey. That same PPV also set a UFC attendance record of over 56,000, which might be broken this weekend.
Unfortunately, the bout between Raquel Pennington and Holly Holm that was supposed to be on the UFC 243 card has been cancelled.
UFC 243 Whittaker vs Adesanya fight card
Main card (Main Event, UFC Fight Pass, PS4, Fetch TV)
- Rober Whittaker vs Israel Adesanya (Middleweight)
- Al Iaquinta vs Dan Hooker (Lightweight)
- Tai Tuivasa vs Sergey Spivac (Heavyweight)
- Luke Jumeagu vs Dhiego Lima (Welterweight)
Preliminary card (Kayo Sports, UFC Fight Pass, Foxtel, Fetch TV)
- Jake Matthews vs Rostem Akman (Welterweight)
- Justin Tafa vs Yorgan De Castro (Heavyweight)
- Callan Potter vs Maki Pitolo (Welterweight)
- Megan Anderson vs Zarah Fairn dos Santos (Women's Featherweight)
Early preliminary card (UFC Fight Pass)
- Jamie Mullarkey vs Brad Riddell (Lightweight)
- Nadia Kassem vs Ji Yeon Kim (Women's Flyweight)
- Khalid Taha vs Bruno Silva (Bantamweight)
How to live stream the UFC 243 preliminary card
Although the main card is exclusive to PPV, fans can watch the UFC 243 preliminary card on ESPN. In Australia there are multiple ways to live stream UFC via ESPN. ESPN is available via Kayo Sports, Foxtel IQ, Foxtel Now and Fetch. Here's a brief overview:
Live stream on Kayo Sports
Kayo has been dubbed the "Netflix of sport" due to how much content is available and all its additional features. It backs up this claim with over 50 sports available live and on demand. Right now Kayo has just started broadcasting the Rugby World Cup, Hockey One and NBL. All the ESPN content available to Australia is on Kayo, so UFC fans can catch several fights per month.
Subscriptions to Kayo Sports come with two different price points. For access to two screens, there's the Basic subscription for $25 a month, while a Premium subscription sets you back $35 a month, but allows streaming from 3 devices. If you're not sure which option suits best, try the 14-day free trial now and you can see fights from Aussies Jake Matthews and Megan Anderson on the preliminary card.
As we mentioned, Kayo boasts several unique features, but maybe none more appealing than SplitView. This tool allows you to stream four sports at once, so you could stream MLB, Moto GP or golf, as they're all on at the same time as the prelims. Some of the other cool toys to test out are Interactive Stats, the Key Moments timeline, No Spoilers, picture-in-picture mode and Kayo Minis (condensed games).
The streaming service is constantly adding new devices to stream to and you can see our full Kayo Sports review for more information. Otherwise the most popular option is downloading the app to iOS and Android devices, or watching through a browser on PC and Mac. You can also stream to the big screen with Apple TV, Chromecast, Telstra TV and Android TV.
Watch on Foxtel
ESPN is available as part of Foxtel's Sport pack for $29 a month. You can subscribe to Foxtel through either Foxtel IQ or Foxtel Now. The Foxtel IQ service is the more traditional option and comes with a set-top box, which is the only way to access 4K content.
Foxtel Now is a different set-up that streams programs via the Internet either live or on demand. There's a 10-day free trial for new subscribers, too. Your subscription provides access to Foxtel GO for streaming on any device. Foxtel Now is available via Android TV, Telstra TV, Chromecast, Airplay, Telstra TV, PS4 or the Foxtel Now box.
Alright, now to the bill. In short, Foxtel IQ is $68 a month – that's due to the need for the Essentials pack before you can add on Sport ($29 a month) and HD ($10 a month). It's the same catch with Foxtel Now, add Sport contents for $29 a month to the compulsory base Essentials pack at $29 a month and you'll spend $58 a month.
Watch on Fetch TV
The Vibe channel pack is an add-on for Fetch TV. It costs $6 a month and gives you access to ESPN content. However, the total subscription cost will vary depending on where you purchased your Fetch box. This is dependent on whether it was supplied via a broadband provider or acquired outright.
How to order UFC 243 Whittaker vs Adesanya on pay-per-view (PPV)
While there are ways for streaming the preliminary card for free with Kayo, there's no such luck with the main card. The prices aren't necessarily cheap, but there are numerous options to watch the Whitaker vs Adesanya fight live. Here they are:
How to watch with Main Event
Cutting to the chase this option lands you the PPV for $54.95 if you're a Foxtel customer. It can be purchased for free through the Main Event website, My Foxtel app or via set-top box. However, an additional $2 charge is incurred if you book via a phone agent. Optus TV subscribers have no way around booking the PPV and avoiding the booking fee: you must book on the phone. Replays of the fight are shown at 7pm, 10pm and on 7 October at 1am.
How to watch with UFC Fight Pass
UFC Fight Pass comes with a heap of content for fans to browse for hours, but the PPV events still incur an additional charge. If it's only UFC 243 you're after it's available in HD for $54.95.
Right now there's a special deal being run for $81.92 that lands you the PPV plus 50% off a 6-month UFC Fight Pass. This option is suitable if you're really into your MMA. To help you decide, check out our UFC calendar to see the upcoming events.
For more information see our UFC Fight Pass streaming guide. Otherwise, you really only need to know which devices are compatible which includes PCs and Macs, Apple TV, Xbox One, Amazon Fire, iOS and Android devices, Chromecast, Roku, Samsung Smart TVs and LG Smart TVs.
How to watch on your PlayStation 4
UFC 243 can be watched through PS4 consoles. To do this visit the PlayStation Store and find Live Events. Then you can order it. If you're a PlayStation Plus member you receive a 10% discount. Once purchased and the fight has started, it'll become available through the "videos" menu.
How to watch with Fetch TV
Another handy way is via Fetch where the PPV event costs $54.95. You can order by going to "Manage", then "Subscriptions". Once purchased, you can watch live on TV on Channel 991 or via the Fetch app on mobile devices.
Which pubs are showing the Whittaker vs Adesanya fight?
If you don't want to shell out money from your own pocket for the fight you might be able to find a pub. There are plenty of local watering holes that have access to Foxtel and Main Event, but as always you should check ahead of time. Especially this weekend as some may instead focus on the NRL Grand Final or Gennady Golovkin vs Sergiy Derevyanchenko instead.