UFC 243 took place Sunday, October 6, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. The card was headlined by a middleweight championship bout between champion Robert Whittaker and challenger Israel Adesanya.
Closing odds are courtesy of Several Bookmakers. Here’s a quick recap of each of those fights.
Favorites that Won
Israel Adesanya landed a two-punch counter in the middle of round two that sent Robert Whittaker to the canvas. Adesanya followed up with punches on the mat to close the show and become the middleweight champion. Adesanya closed -125 while Whittaker closed +105
Dan Hooker nearly tripled up the total strikes landed over Al Iaquinta to win an easy decision for Hooker’s best win of his career. Hooker closed -135 with the return on Iaquinta +115
Dhiego Lima edged out a split decision over Luke Jumeau in a low volume fight. Lima closed -140 while Jumeau closed +120
Jake Matthews out struck Rostem Akman by a four to one ratio to win a unanimous decision. Matthews closed -450 while Akman closed +350
Brad Riddell was dominant against Jamie Mullarkey tripling up on strikes landed to win a unanimous decision. Riddell closed -170 with the return on Mullarkey +150
Megan Anderson needed less than one round to finish Zarah Fairn as she put her away with an arm triangle choke. Anderson closed -420 while Fairn closed +320
Ji Yeon Kim earned her third victory in her last four fights as she knocked out Nadia Kassem in the second round. Kim closed -175. Kassem closed +155
Khalid Taha opened the show with a submission victory over Bruno Silva in the third round. Taha closed -220 while Silva closed +180
Underdogs that Won
Sergey Spivac was able to repeatedly take Tai Tuivasa to the mat. In the second round, Spivac cut Tuivasa open with an elbow and from there he was able to dominate securing an arm triangle choke for the victory. Spivac closed +240. Tuivasa closed -300
Despite being out struck in all three rounds, Callan Potter walked away with a decision victory over Maki Pitolo on the back of three takedowns. Potter closed +285 while Pitolo closed -370
Yorgan de Castro landed a beautiful right hand on the button that flat lined Justin Tafa in round one for the knockout victory. Both fighters closed -110