UFC 243 TV channel: What channel is Whittaker vs Adesanya on?

More than 50,000 spectators are expected to pack into the Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, Australia for UFC 243.

Middleweight champion Robert Whittaker returns to the octagon for his first fight in 15 months, taking on the in-form interim titleholder Israel Adesanya in the main event.

What have the fighters said?

Whittaker: “I don’t believe in ring rust. Well, you know what, I do believe in ring rust if you aren’t doing certain things outside of competition.

“If you haven’t competed at all and you’re not used to the adrenaline dump and you’re not used to the pressure that comes with competing then certainly you’re going to get in there and the pressure is going to hit you and you might falter.

“But in the off season I’ve been competing in Jiu-Jitsu, I’ve been competing in wrestling, I’ve been sparring in particular ways to increase the pressure to feel that. I’ve been doing things to combat that [ring rust].

Adesanya: “He can say what he has to say to keep him believing but there’s a difference between fighting in front of 50 people in some hall and fighting in front of 60,000 people in a stadium.

“I’ve been active, he hasn’t. I have momentum on my side, he hasn’t. I really don’t care if he’s ring rusted or if he’s the best ever that he’s ever been. I just focus on me at the end of the day.”

What TV channel is UFC 243 on?

Live coverage in the UK and Ireland will be shown on BT Sport 1.

Existing customers can live stream the action via the BT Sport app and on the company’s website.

The programme begins at 1am BST (Sunday morning), with the main card getting underway at 3am.

Whittaker vs Adesanya is expected to start sometime around 5.30am.

BT Sport announced early this year it had retained exclusive rights to UFC events in the UK and Ireland on a “multi-year” deal.

UFC’s international and content senior vice president, David Shaw, said of the deal: “BT Sport have proven to be an engaged, committed and passionate partner.

“We have worked closely together to grow the sport, brand and athletes in the UK and Ireland over the past five years.

“Our fans have made it clear how much they enjoy BT’s coverage of UFC and we are delighted to continue our partnership with them.”

UFC 243 Main card

Middleweight: Robert Whittaker (c) vs Israel Adesanya (ic)

Lightweight: Al Iaquinta vs Dan Hooker

Heavyweight: Tai Tuivasa vs Sergey Spivac

Welterweight: Luke Jumeau vs Dhiego Lima

Heavyweight: Justin Tafa vs Yorgan De Castro

UFC 243 Preliminary card

Welterweight: Jake Matthews vs Rostem Akman

Welterweight: Callan Potter vs Maki Pitolo

Lightweight: Jamie Mullarkey vs Brad Riddell

Women’s Featherweight: Megan Anderson vs Zarah Fairn dos Santos

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