The UFC is returning to Australia on Saturday, November 14th (Sunday, November 15th in Australia) for a pay-per-view event headlined by a welterweight championship bout between Robbie Lawler and Carlos Condit. UFC Tonight's Ariel Helwani reported the news on Wednesday evening, as did ESPN's Brett Okamoto.
Lawler (26-10, 1 NC) defended his welterweight belt vs. Rory MacDonald at UFC 189 in an all-time classic. Down 39-37 on all three scorecards, Lawler finished MacDonald in the opening minute of round 5 to continue his improbable career turnaround. Since returning to welterweight, Lawler is 7-1, with the one loss to Hendricks avenged in their title fight rematch last December.
Condit (30-8) returned from a 1+ year layoff, after a knee injury forced a TKO stoppage vs. Tyron Woodley, to finish Thiago Alves in a five-round main event back in May. "The Natural Born Killer" is the former interim welterweight champion (which he captured by beating Nick Diaz), but proceeded to lose 3 of his next 4 to the likes of Georges St-Pierre, Johny Hendricks, and Woodley. While beating Thiago Alves in 2015 isn't necessarily the greatest argument for receiving a title shot, this is brilliant matchmaking from a fan's perspective, and it is stylistically compelling and perhaps more sell-able to the public than Hendricks/Lawler 3.
There's no word on where in Melbourne the card will be held. Wherever it takes place, Australian-based MMA fans will get to experience a UFC championship fight live for the first time ever.