Mount Annan's Robert Whittaker set to return to UFC cage in October

FOCUSED: Mount Annan's Robert Whittaker is primed and ready for his next UFC fight. Picture: Joe Armao
FOCUSED: Mount Annan's Robert Whittaker is primed and ready for his next UFC fight. Picture: Joe Armao

Jot down the date October 6 in your diaries.

Ultimate Fighting Championship organisers have announced Mount Annan's Robert Whittaker will make his long-awaited return to the UFC cage in October.

Whittaker, 28, will fight New Zealander Israel Adesanya for UFC 243 at Melbourne's Marvel Stadium.

Defending UFC middleweight champion Whittaker took to social media to tell fans that he was well prepared for the fight.

"It's official, be ready," he wrote.

October will mark Whittaker's first UFC fight since June 2018, when he defeated Yoel Romero.

Whittaker was scheduled to fight Kelvin Gastelum in February, but the Macarthur resident was forced to withdraw due to a hernia injury.

Whittaker told the Advertiser in the lead-up to that fight that he stayed motivated by training hard all-year round.

"I'm young enough to try new things when training and to continue to learn," he said.

"I'm very competitive, I always want to be better than my opponent.

"Being able to learn new skills is what fuels my fire."

Whittaker thanked the Macarthur community for providing "absolutely great" support.

"I walk down the street back home and a lot of fans recognise me," he said.

"It's great."

UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker at home with his wife Sofia and daughter Lilliana. Picture: James Brickwood

UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker at home with his wife Sofia and daughter Lilliana. Picture: James Brickwood