Marvel Stadium is set to see record crowds flock to Docklands, with the return of the blockbuster Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) on October 6.

Marvel Stadium holds the record for the largest MMA event in UFC history, with 56,214 in attendance at UFC® 193: ROUSEY vs. HOLM on November 15, 2015, featuring female pioneer and UFC Hall of Famer Ronda Rousey. Many more gathered outside the stadium to watch on big screens.

The heart-stopping main event that knocked Rousey from her reign was THE biggest sporting event of 2015, and nearly four years later, the unmissable UFC® 243: WHITTAKER vs. ADESANYA will be hot on its heels.

Marvel Stadium CEO, Michael Green said, “We are delighted to host UFC® 243 at Marvel Stadium. To host an international sporting event of this calibre is a great testament to the diversity and versatility of the stadium.”

The contest will see Australian fighter Robert Whittaker take on New Zealander Israel Adesanya to unify the UFC world middleweight title.

The event will provide a significant boost to local businesses in Docklands and Victoria, with UFC193: Rousey v Holm generating more than $100 million for the state’s economy, with 40 per cent of tickets sold to fans from outside Victoria.

The UFC made $9.5 million on ticket sales alone in 2015, which remains a house record for Marvel Stadium.