Etihad Stadium in Australia to host UFC 193

The UFC has booked Etihad Stadium to host a UFC 193 pay-per-view event on Nov. 14 in Melbourne, Australia.

UFC officials confirmed the news to ESPN.com on Wednesday. The event will actually take place on Nov. 15 in Australia, in order to maintain the usual pay-per-view start time in the U.S.

A previously announced welterweight title fight between Robbie Lawler (26-10) and Carlos Condit (30-8) will headline the stadium event. A heavyweight rematch between Mark Hunt (10-10-1) and Antonio Silva (19-7-1) has been scheduled as the co-main event.

A middleweight contender's bout between Michael Bisping (27-7) and Robert Whittaker (14-4) has also been scheduled for the Australian card.

"There's been a lot of talk about Melbourne, title fights and stadium shows," UFC president Dana White said in a statement. "The UFC is doing all three at the Etihad Stadium in front of 70,000 people."

Etihad Stadium's capacity is near 55,000, and it plays host to the Australian Football League. The record for largest audience at a UFC event is 55,724, which was set at UFC 129 on April 30, 2011 at Rogers Centre in Toronto. It will mark the second UFC stadium card this year. A January event at Tele2 Arena in Stockholm drew a reported attendance of 30,000.

The Nov. 14 event will mark the UFC's first in Melbourne. The Victorian Government lifted a ban on mixed martial arts taking place in a cage earlier this year.

Lawler, 33, will seek his second title defense against Condit. The American Top Team product is coming off a grueling TKO win against Rory MacDonald at UFC 189 in July.