The UFC’s potential record-breaking venture to Australia later this year has added a high-profile lightweight scrap to its ranks.

As first reported by ESPN, both Al Iaquinta and Dan Hooker have verbally agreed to fight at UFC 243 on October 5th in Melbourne, Australia. The event, which will take place at Marvel Stadium, could break the UFC’s record for attendance with the promotion hoping for around 60,000 fans inside the stadium.

Iaquinta (14-5-1) will enter the event on the back of a unanimous decision loss to Donald Cerrone in May. ‘Ragin’ Al’ has gone 6-2 in his last eight fights under the UFC banner including a losing attempt at the 155 lbs championship against Khabib Nurmagomedov. Iaquinta is currently ranked #6 in the UFC’s lightweight rankings.

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Hooker (18-8) meanwhile bounced back into the win column in his last outing as he defeated James Vick via first-round KO in Vick’s home state of Texas. Hooker has also gone 6-2 in his last eight fights but since a return to the lightweight division in 2017, all five of following wins have come inside the distance. ‘Hangman’ currently sits as the #14 ranked lightweight contender.

UFC 243 is now scheduled to feature:

  • Robert Whittaker (c) vs. Israel Adesanya (ic) – middleweight title unification bout
  • Al Iaquinta vs. Dan Hooker
  • Holly Holm vs. Raquel Pennington
  • Tai Tuivasa vs. Sergei Spivak
  • Megan Anderson vs. Zarah Fairn Dos Santos
  • Nadia Kassem vs. Ji Yeon Kim
  • Dhiego Lima vs. Luke Jumeau
  • Justin Tafa vs. Yorgan De Castro