UFC 193, scheduled for November 15th in Melbourne Australia, has a new main event.
Last night, on ESPN’s SportsCenter, UFC President Dana White announced that welterweight champion Robbie Lawler would be unable to compete against Carlos Condit on the big Etihad Stadium show due to a thumb injury. He also revealed that the replacement in the main event slot would be Ronda Rousey vs Holly Holm for the women’s bantamweight belt.
Rousey and Holm had originally been slated for UFC 195, scheduled for January 2nd in Las Vegas Nevada.
It will be the second time in a row that Rousey has fought outside the United Stares, as she is coming off a 34 second knockout win over Bethe Correia in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Already garnering huge attention in her homeland, it appears as though the UFC are seeking to turn the “Rowdy” champion into a true global superstar.
“Australia is an important market for us, so we’re going to bring her out there in our first real big stadium show, and we know she’ll break the record [for attendance at an MMA event]”, said White.
It is a hugely significant show for the company. It is their first time rolling the dice with a big outdoor venue and they are doing so in a burgeoning, but relatively under-exposed market. According to an interview with the Melbourne Herald Sun, the ambitious White hopes to attract 70,000 fans to the show.
With so much on the line the UFC are lucky that they have been able to call on their biggest name to get them out of a tight spot.
The co-featured bout on this card will be a rematch between heavyweights Mark Hunt and Antonio Silva.
As of yet there is no word regarding a new date for the Lawler vs Condit title fight.