UFC in Australia: Sydney set to host major pay-per-view event in 2023
UFC will return to Australia later this year, with president Dana White confirming plans to hold a major event in Sydney.
Following the success of UFC 284 in Perth in February, the company are planning to hold a middleweight title bout between new champ Israel Adesanya and the winner of the upcoming Robert Whittaker and Dricus Du Plessis contender clash.
Given the fact Whittaker resides in Sydney and Adesanya is from New Zealand, there is a clear desire to give the Anzac contingent of fight fans something to sink their teeth into.
White confirmed the news while also announcing the UFC 290 title eliminator bout between Whittaker and Du Plessis.
Put another one together last night!!! @robwhittakermma @dricusduplessis #UFC290 pic.twitter.com/bczWzJo4b6
— danawhite (@danawhite) April 21, 2023
The UFC hasn’t visited Sydney since 2017, while the last pay-per-view event in the seaside city was UFC 127 back in 2011.
Here’s everything we know about the UFC returning to Sydney.
When is UFC Sydney?
At this stage, no date or card has officially been announced for the UFC’s return to Sydney, Australia.
As first reported by The Daily Telegraph, UFC 293 is set to take place on September 10th as part of a lucrative four-year deal between the company and NSW Government.
White has since confirmed the news, however no venue has been revealed at this stage.
🚨The Boss has made it official!🚨 pic.twitter.com/UF7LD8YHEg
— UFC_AUSNZ (@UFC_AUSNZ) May 17, 2023
The targeted fight will see middleweight champion Israel Adesanya take on the winner of Aussie fan favourite Robert Whittaker and rising star Dricus Du Plessis.
Featherweight star Max Holloway initially spilled the beans following a recent victory, but was unsure of when the event in Sydney would take place.
Who is fighting in UFC Sydney?
At this stage, no official bouts have been locked in for the UFC’s long-awaited return to Sydney, Australia.
Israel Adesanya will likely defend his middleweight strap at the event – potentially against local hero Robert Whittaker.
Tai Tuivasa and Alexander Volkanovski could also potentially be featured on the Sydney card.
Where is UFC Sydney?
At this stage, no venue has been confirmed for the UFC’s return to Sydney.
The likely venue will either be Qudos Bank Arena or CommBank Stadium.