UFC 293 Preview: Israel Adesanya vs. Sean Strickland Prediction, Odds, and Picks (Sep 9)

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  • Israel Adesanya vs. Sean Strickland is the main event of UFC 293.
  • Adesanya is arguably the best striker in the UFC Middleweight division.
  • Strickland is fighting his first-ever UFC championship bout this weekend. 

Of all the fighters coming to Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena on Saturday, September 9, Israel Adesanya is the one with the shortest odds. He’s fighting in the main event of the evening against Sean Strickland, who’s challenging for the UFC title for the first time in his career.

How to Watch

  • When: Saturday, September 9, 2023, at 10:00 p.m ET
  • Where: Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney, Australia
  • How to Watch: PPV


Israel Adesanya
Sean Strickland

Fight Preview

Israel Adesanya is 24-2 overall, with one of his losses being a decision loss on his UFC Light Heavyweight debut against Jan Blachowicz. The other one happened against Alex Pereira, which cost him his title. Izzy got it back in the rematch, winning by knockout.


It was his 16th win by KO/TKO, meaning that two-thirds of his wins happened this way. Will he do the same to Strickland?

“Tarzan” is 27-5 in his professional career, with two losses by KO/TKO, one of which happened 14 months ago against Alex Pereira in round 1. Despite that, he’s famous for being an incredibly tough fighter with a chin made of steel.

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Plus, this weekend, he’s fighting his first-ever championship fight in the UFC. That’s why we expect him to throw everything he has at Adesanya, even if it means getting beaten up by the striking maestro.

Adesanya vs. Strickland Prediction

Adesanya is arguably the best kickboxer in the UFC, who’s got 16 wins by KO/TKO in his portfolio. Plus, it’s very likely the crowd in Australia will be on his side as he’s from neighboring New Zealand. On top of everything, he also has a sort of beef with Strickland and has pledged to knock him out at UFC 293.

Free Pick:

Annie Adkins
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