UFC 243 poster released, Dana White on Darren Till, Anthony Johnson set for heavyweight return

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Fight poster

The UFC have released their official poster for the upcoming UFC 243 pay-per-view.

Set for Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, Australia on October 6, the headline bout will see reigning middleweight champion Robert Whittaker take on interim holder Israel Adesanya.

Whittaker won the belt from Yoel Romero two years ago and then beat the Cuban again by decision, a year later.

Adesanya has won all six fights in his UFC career, with his most recent victory coming against Kelvin Gastelum in a five-round classic at UFC 236 in April, as the Nigerian claimed the interim belt.

Are you sure?

Dana White has discussed Darren Till’s move up to middleweight saying the Brit was given a chance to face a less dangerous opponent at UFC 244.

Till will make his debut in the 185 pound class at Madison Square Garden in November and has a huge task on his hands up against Kelvin Gastelum, himself a former welterweight, who has beaten Johnny Hendricks, Michael Bisping and Ronaldo Souza.

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Till has a 17-2-1 record with both his defeats coming in his two most recent fights
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“That’s the fight [Till] wants,” the UFC president told MMA Fighting.

“We went to him and said ‘are you sure this is the fight you want?’ [You’re] moving up, you’re sure that Gastelum’s the [right fight]?’ He said ‘that’s the fight I want.’ So I love it,” White added.

Rumble returns

Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson is set to make his comeback to the UFC in March 2020.

Johnson retired from the sport in 2017, but is planning on competing at heavyweight where he fought once previously against Andrei Arlovski in 2013.

He wants a ranked opponent and is reportedly considering Alistair Overeem or ex-heavyweight titleholder Junior dos Santos.

Since leaving the Octagon, Johnson, who lost twice in his challenge for the light heavyweight crown both against Daniel Cormier, has bulked up due to weight lifting.

It is highly unlikely he would make his former 205 fighting weight.

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