Israel Adesanya is a two-time UFC champion and is looking to get the better of Sean Strickland in the headline event of UFC 293.
The event is set to take place in Australia and will be the first time since 2017 a UFC event has come to Sydney.
|UFC 293: Adesanya vs. Strickland
|Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney Australia
|10th September, 2023
|How to watch
|Israel Adesanya 2/9, Sean Strickland 7/2
The fight between Israel Adesanya and Sean Strickland is due to take place in the early hours of Sunday 10th September.
The bout between Israel Adesanya and Sean Strickland is scheduled to start at 03.00 Greenwich Mean Time.
Israel Adesanya and Sean Strickland’s fight is taking place at the Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney, Australia.
The event is the first to take place in the city since UFC Fight Night: Werdum vs. Tybura in November 2017, which was also at the arena.
The Arena opened in 1997 and has a capacity of 21,032. It hosts the Sydney Kings in Australia’s National Basketball League and also played a major part in the 2000 Olympics.
The bout between Israel Adesanya and Sean Strickland will be available to watch on TNT Sports in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
The UFC MIddleweight Championship is on the line with Israel Adesanya the current belt holder and Sean Strickland the challenger.
Israel Adesanya has a professional MMA record of 24-2, with 16 of his wins coming by way of knockout.
Stylebender made his UFC debut in February 2018 at UFC 221 with a knockout victory over Rob Wilkinson in Perth, Australia which started an eight fight unbeaten run for the 34-year-old.
Adesanya won the interim UFC Middleweight Championship in April 2019 with a decision victory over Kelvin Gastelum, picking up Fight of the Year honours along the way.
Stylebender then unified the UFC Middleweight Championship with victory over Robert Whittaker in October of that year with a knockout victory.
Victories over Yoel Romero and Paulo Costa followed before Adesanya lost on his Light Heavyweight debut, beaten by Jan Blachowicz in a UFC Light Heavyweight title fight.
Three more victories in the Middleweight division came before a shock defeat to Alex Pereira in November 2022, which saw the Nigerian lose his belt.
Adesanya reclaimed the Middleweight title with a win over Pereira in April of this year.
Sean Strickland has a professional MMA record of 27 wins and five losses from 32 fights. 11 of his wins have come by way of knockout, four by submission and 12 by decision.
The 32-year-old won his first UFC bout in March 2014 over Bubba McDaniel before losing out to Santaigo Ponzinibbio in 2015.
Strickland bounced back with three wins in a row before losing to Kamaru Usman and Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos in the space of three fights.
Tarzan then reeled off six wins on the spin, including victories over Brenan Allen, Uriah Hall and Jack Hermansson.
Back-to-back defeats to Alex Pereira and Jared Cannonier followed before wins over Nassourdine Imavov and Abusupiyan Magomedov, both in 2023.
Tai Tuivasa and Alexander Volkov face off in a heavyweight battle on the undercard for Israel Adesanya’s bout with Sean Strickland.
Jamie Mullarkey and John Makdessi clash in a lightweight bout, after a pair of Light Heavyweight fights between Carlos Ulberg and Jung Da-un and Tyson Pedro and Anton Turkalj.
Heavyweights Justin Tafa and Austen Lane face off, while the Featherweight pair of Jack Jenkins and Chepe Mariscal do battle.
Shane Young and Gabriel Miranda are the second fight on the card, preceded by Mike Mathetha’s clash with Charlie Radtke.