The Ultimate Fighting Championship is heading to Melbourne, Australia for the first time on Nov. 15 (Nov. 14 in the U.S.). There are still a lot of variables to nail down, but for now, pencil in a UFC welterweight title fight between champion Robbie Lawler and challenger Carlos Condit for the fight card.
The fight, first reported by Bleacher Report, has been signed, according to UFC Tonight, and is being targeted for UFC 193 in Australia. The promotion, however, has two venues to choose from: Etihad Stadium and Rod Laver Arena. The UFC would like to make a huge splash for its first event in Melbourne, but hasn’t yet decided on the venue.
Lawler (26-10, 1 NC) is fresh off of a fifth-round TKO stoppage of Rory MacDonald, which followed wins over Johny Hendricks, Matt Brown, and Jake Ellenberger.
Condit (30-8) is a former interim UFC welterweight champion, but has had a rough couple of years. After defeating Martin Kampmann in August of 2013, he suffered a severe knee injury in a TKO stoppage loss to Tyron Woodley in March of 2014.
Condit finally returned in May of this year, winning a TKO (doctor’s stoppage) over Thiago Alves, which vaulted him back into the championship mix.
Concrete plans for UFC 193, particularly the venue, are expected to be officially revealed by the UFC shortly.