The Etihad Stadium in Melbourne Australia will play host to a hotly-anticipated card, headlined once again by undefeated women’s UFC champion, Ronda Rousey. This will be the very first UFC event to be held in Melbourne and the Etihad will one of the the very few stadiums to have hosted a UFC card (the others being the revamped Rogers Centre in Canada and Sweden’s Tele2 Arena). With that in mind, we’re going to look at the fights on the main card, and see what the Australian fans have in store for them when UFC 193 kicks off on the 15 th November.
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Rousey’s last few fights have dominated the news global sports news coverage for days following. A true crossover star, you can be sure that whatever the result, her fight with Holm will be water-cooler talk and likely once again spike PPV buys.
Holly Holm will provide a different kind of obstacle to Rousey when compared to Rousey’s previous opponents. Hailed for her supreme striking abilities, Holm will be looking to land a shot that would be heard around the world, and propel her into the same stratosphere as Rousey.
Away from the main event, another championship match is scheduled to take place, again in the women’s division. This bout will see women’s strawweight champion, Joanna Jędrzejczyk, defend against Canadian, Valérie Létourneau. Jędrzejczyk holds the enviable distinction of being Poland’s first UFC champion, and only the third European ever to hold a UFC title.
Non-title fights on the main card will see Uriah Hall, a late replacement for the injured Michael Bisping, who cited an ongoing elbow problem for his absence at the event, go up against the 14-4 Robert Whittaker. Uriah Hall’s last outing was a successful one, beating Gegard Mousasi via TKO in September. Hall’s flying knee and punches combination earned him the Performance of the Night bonus, and sets him up well to pose a serious threat to Whittaker, who, given he hails from Auckland, will likely have a health fanbase at the Melbourne event.
Fight fans can also look forward to two heavyweight bouts, the first a clash between Antonio Silva and Mark Hunt, an MMA veteran and also another New Zealander who will expect a huge following inside the Etihad. Hunt will head into the fight as a strong bookies favourite, and will boast a significant weight advantage over his Brazilian opponent. Given that Hunt is swiftly approaching his 42 nd birthday, this could be one of his last appearances on a major UFC card and will be hoping to put on one hell of a performance in this heavyweight encounter.
Finally on the main card, will see the gigantic Stefan Suvre, a man who has, along with Jon Jones, the longest reach in the UFC, go up against ‘The Big Show’ (not that one), Jared Rosholt.