[[[LIVE HD##]]***] UFC 293 Israel Adesanya vs Strickland live free 9 September 2023
UFC 293, headlined by the bout between Israel Adesanya vs. Sean Strickland airs live on Saturday, September 9, 2023 (9/9/23) at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney Olympic Park, Australia. UFC 293 live stream: How to watch Adesanya vs Strickland online, match card, start time
The first defense of Adesanya's second middleweight reign
Here’s what you need to know:
What: UFC 293
Main Event: Israel Adesanya vs. Sean Strickland
When: Saturday, September 9, 2023
Where: Qudos Bank Arena
Main Card Time: 10 p.m. ET
Prelim time: 8 p.m. ET
Early prelim time: 6:15 p.m. ET
Watch Israel Adesanya begin his second UFC reign at 185 pounds on the UFC 293 live stream, against unlikely middleweight title contender Sean Strickland. The divisive American's best shot at unseating the two-time champion would appear to be through suffocating pressure and bloody-minded persistence, but will he be able to harass the Nigerian-born New Zealander for five straight rounds?
Strickland runs his mouth so much that it's easy to forget he's the fifth-ranked middleweight in the UFC, and his trip to Sydney kicked-off in typical fashion, with 'Tarzan' boasting about punching an equally obnoxious Adesanya fan in the stomach near Bondi Beach.
The alleged incident should lend an extra edge to this bout, which came to be partly because Dricus du Plessis wasn't fighting-fit in time following his victory over Robert Whittaker in the middleweight title eliminator two months ago.
While Strickland is in strong form, with eights wins from his past 10 fights, he's never been able to take that step up to the next level. In contrast, in two of his past three fights, 'The Last Stylebender' got the better of Alex Pereira and Jared Cannonier, two fighters that proved to be a cut above Strickland when he met them last year. However, anything can happen on the night.
Israel Adesanya record and bio
Date of birth: July 22, 1989
Height: 6' 4"
Total fights: 26
Sean Strickland record and bio
Date of birth: February 27, 1991
Height: 6' 1"
Total fights: 32
Adesanya vs. Strickland fight card
Israel Adesanya vs. Sean Strickland; For Adesanya's UFC middleweight title
Tai Tuivasa vs. Alexander Volkov; Heavyweight
Manel Kape vs. Felipe dos Santos; Flyweight
Justin Tafa vs. Austen Lane; Heavyweight
Tyson Pedro vs. Anton Turkalj; Light heavyweight
Carlos Ulberg vs. Jung Da-un; Light heavyweight
Jack Jenkins vs. Chepe Mariscal; Featherweight
Jamie Mullarkey vs. John Makdessi; Lightweight
Nasrat Haqparast vs. Landon Quinones; Lightweight
Mike Mathetha vs. Charlie Radtke; Welterweight
Shane Young vs. Gabriel Miranda; Featherweight
Kevin Jousset vs. Kiefer Crosbie; Welterweight
In the main event, Adesanya (24-2-0) will attempt his first title defense of second reign as middleweight champ, against an outspoken challenger in Strickland (27-5-0). Adesanya reclaimed the title from Alex Pereira in April, after Pereira ended the champ’s run as middleweight champ that dated to 2019.
Strickland has been pitching himself as the hero in the matchup, trash talking Adesanya during the ceremonial weigh-ins this week in front of the crowd in Australia.
Adesanya regained the belt by knocking out Alex Pereira in April, five months after dropping the gold to the Brazilian, and his second reign continues on Saturday as he headlines in Sydney.
The Nigerian-New Zealander had his eyes on Dricus Du Plessis, but an injury to the South African means that grudge match must wait.
Instead, Adesanya (24-2) defends the title against Strickland (27-5). The controversial, outspoken American is ranked fifth at middleweight, and he enters Australia on a two-fight win streak.