It was a long road littered with bureaucratic red-tape, but Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will finally crack into the mixed martial arts (MMA) market in Melbourne, Australia, on Nov. 15, 2015.
And the world's leading promotion, thankfully, plans to bring several of its biggest guns to help try and pack the 60,000-seat Etihad Stadium, which will host the UFC 193 pay-per-view (PPV) show, according to The Sydney Morning Herald.
In the main event, Robbie Lawler will attempt to defend his Welterweight belt when he collides with former interim 170-pound title holder, Carlos Condit (more details here). The co-featured bout is a rematch of the epic, five-round Heavyweight slobberknocker between local fan favorite, Mark Hunt, and "Bigfoot" Antonio Silva.
Hunt and Silva first collided at UFC Fight Night 33 in Dec. 2013, it was a bloody, back-and-forth war so good that company president Dana White joked he would buy them each a "private island." Unfortunately, "Bigfoot" failed his post-fight drug test, marring what could have otherwise been regarded as first-ballot instant UFC classic.
Since their first encounter, both fighters have gone on to drop two of their next three matches. Hunt, however -- who currently sits at No. 7 in UFC's latest rankings (Silva is No. 11) challenged Fabricio Werdum for the interim division title based in large part on his performance that night against "Bigfoot" in Brisbane.
Tickets for UFC 193: "Lawler vs. Condit" will go sale to the general public on Sept. 21, 2015.