Israel Adesanya striking in front of the crowd at Federation Square..

Israel Adesanya striking in front of the crowd at Federation Square..

A staple of fight week…

…the open workouts for UFC 243 took place on the main stage at Federation Square in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD.  

Hundreds gathered to watch their favourite fighters train with the city skyline as a backdrop, creating an incredible atmosphere as the crowd cheered with each new fighter that took to the stage.

Dan Hooker displays some of his boxing.

Dan Hooker displays some of his boxing.

First up was New Zealand native Dan Hooker, who put on a clinic of both striking and wrestling, before other main card fighters such as Justin Tafa, Tai Tuivasa, and Hooker’s opponent for UFC 243, “Raging” Al Iaquinta, put on a show for the fans.

Al Iaquinta working the crowd.

Al Iaquinta working the crowd.

Both main event fighters, interim middleweight champion Israel Adesanya (17-0) and current middleweight champion Robert Whittaker (20-4), put on their own athletic displays as well. While Adesanya spent some time breakdancing in between hitting pads with his long and calculated fighting style, Whittaker warmed up with some slow stretching, before unleashing with some blistering boxing combinations which had the crowd roaring.

Adesanya showing the crowd that he’s more than just a fighter.

Adesanya showing the crowd that he’s more than just a fighter.

But boxing and breakdancing aside, if there is one thing that the open workouts did, it was reminding everyone in attendance that fight night at Marvel Stadium will be a war zone.

There was some impressive hand speed on display from Robert Whittaker.

There was some impressive hand speed on display from Robert Whittaker.