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UFC 293 review: How did American fighters fare?

UFC 293 consisted of a 12-fight card in Sydney, Australia, with the event headlined by the UFC Middleweight title fight between Israel Adesanya and Sean Strickland.

Before we get to that fight, this article will highlight all of the other fights that featured American fighters. There were a total of five fights with at least one American involved.

Charles Radtke (USA) won by Unanimous Decision over Blood Diamond - Round 3: 5:00

The first of the fights involving an American was between Charles Radtke and Blood Diamond.

This was a fight in the UFC Welterweight division. Radtke was making his UFC debut, but came out ready to fight. Radtke landed 35 of his 76 significant strikes and 63 of his 112 total strikes.

He also landed 1 of his 6 takedowns and had 9:41 of control - the judges easily gave Radtke the win, scoring his fight 29-27, 29-27, 29-27.

Nasrat Haqparast won by Unanimous Decision over Landon Quinones (USA) - Round 3: 5:00

Also making his UFC debut was Landon Quinones. He landed 148 of his 354 significant strikes, but never really challenged Nasrat Haqparast, who landed 171 of his 377 significant strikes.

The judges gave Haqparast the easy win by scores of 30-27, 30-27, 30-27. 

Chepe Mariscal (USA) won by KO/TKO over Jack Jenkins - Round 2: 3:19

This was just the second UFC fight for Chepe Mariscal and he continued his great start with a KO/TKO win.

This came in the second round and was due to an arm injury suffered by Jack Jenkins. Mariscal is now 15-6-1 overall and 2-0 in the UFC. 

Justin Tafa won by KO/TKO over Austen Lane (USA) - Round 1: 1:22

Justin Tafa and Austen Lane previously attempted to have a fight in June of this year. However, an eye poke just 30 seconds into the fight forced it to be cancelled.

The rematch did not last much longer as Tafa needed just 11 strikes to put Lane on the canvas and knock him out with head punches.

Lane is now 1-2 in the UFC and will need to improve quickly before becoming in danger of losing his spot in the competition.

Sean Strickland (USA) won by Unanimous Decision over Israel Adesanya - Round 5: 5:00

The biggest fight of the night was no doubt the Middleweight title fight between now former Middleweight Champion, Israel Adesanya and the new Middleweight Champion, Sean Strickland.

Adesnaya was the overwhelming favorite as the title holder. He was 24-2 coming into the fight, while Strickland was 27-5.

Strickland went to work right away, blitzing Adesanya with 27 significant strikes in the first round. He also landed a knockdown in this round, which allowed him to take a slight advantage right away.

Rounds 2 and 3 were more even, with Adesanya outstriking Strickland in terms of volume, but Strickland was by far the more accurate striker. 

Rounds 4 and 5 were once again dominated by Strickland, this time by both volume and accuracy. In the end, Strickland landed 137 of 259 significant strikes, while Adesanya landed 94 of 271 significant strikes. 

Ultimately, it was an easy decision for the judges, who scored the fight 49-46, 49-46, 49-46 in favor of Strickland. 

Overall review

Overall, the Americans at UFC 293 went 3-2 on the night.

Charles Radtke got a nice debut win and Chepe Mariscal spoiled the homecoming for Jack Jenkins with an electric win by KO/TKO.

Landon Quinones was outstruck by Nasrat Haqparast in a back and forth fight, while Austen Lane barely got his fight started before being crushed by Justin Tafa.

Obviously, the biggest and most shocking performance of the night came from Sean Strickland.

Even as a huge underdog, Strickland went punch for punch with Israel Adesanya and pulled the upset to be named the UFC Middleweight Champion.

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