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UFC 293: Israel Adesanya vs Sean Strickland 09/09/2023 Fight Odds, Preview and Predictions

UFC 293: Adesanya vs Strickland 09/09/2023 – Israel Adesanya defends his UFC middleweight championship against Sean Strickland in a five-round clash at the Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney, Australia, on Saturday, September 9. The showdown is the headliner of the UFC 293 main card that will kick off at 10:00 PM ET. ESPN+ will broadcast the fight live for audiences based in the United States while British fans can watch the clash at TNT Sports. The match will be streamed live at UFC Fight Pass for internet followers.

Adesanya is coming off a second-round knockout win over Alex Pereira in their rematch in April to reclaim the 185-pound crown. On the other hand, Strickland stopped Abusupiyan Magomedov in just two rounds in their showdown in July. The latest online sports picks and parlays are available for fans who wish to watch an exciting title clash and earn extra money at the same time.

UFC 293: Adesanya vs Strickland 09/09/2023

When:Saturday, September 9, 2023 10:00 PM ET
Where:Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
TV:ESPN+ (US), TNT Sports (UK)
Stream:UFC Fight Pass

UFC 293: Adesanya vs Strickland 09/09/2023 Odds

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Main Card

Israel Adesanya

Adesanya (24-2, 13-2 UFC) is on his second reign in the middleweight division five months after reclaiming the title from Alex Pereira in their rematch. Adesanya will defend the title for the sixth time overall, as he faces the American fighter Strickland, who once fought as a light heavyweight before returning as a middleweight to beat Magomedov and gain an opportunity to fight the New Zealander. The switch-hitting Adesanya comes into the fight with a three-inch height and four-inch reach advantage which he will use to set the distance with the shorter Strickland. He has 16 finishes under his belt, all of them by knockout and won eight by decision. He had one knockout loss and was defeated once via decision.

In terms of statistics, the fighter known as “The Last Stylebender” has landed an average of 3.94 significant strikes landed per minute at an accuracy rate of 49%. His defense is better than his offense as he was able to defend 57% of the strikes launched against him and absorbed an average of 2.88 significant strikes per minute. Grappling wise, Adesanya has defended 77% of the takedowns attempted on him. However, he is not that good in taking down opponents as he has a takedown average of 0.06 per minute. This also reflects on his takedown accuracy rate which is pegged at 14%. His submission average is 0.2 submissions per minute.

Sean Strickland

Also known in the fight world as “Tarzan,” Strickland (27-5, 14-5 UFC) will make his 20th fight in the UFC and he emerged in the title picture after defeating Abusupiyan Magomedov in two rounds. In his last fight against Magomedov, the American connected 81 strikes and registered one knockdown en route to victory. He will come into the fight with a three-inch height and four-inch reach disadvantage that he wished to negate by being aggressive in the octagon. Strickland’s has recorded 15 finishes (11 knockouts and four submissions) and 12 decisions in his fight career. He has succumbed to two KO and three decision defeats in 32 fights.

Strickland has landed an average of 5.86 significant strikes per minute at an accuracy rate of 41%. Strickland’s defense against strikes is also above average at 62% and has absorbed 4.28 significant strikes per minute. In terms of grappling, “Tarzan” has successfully taken down 64% of his opponents at an average of one takedown per 15 minutes. He has stopped 84% of the takedowns attempted against him and has executed an average of 0.2 submissions per minute.

Adesanya vs Strickland Betting Numbers

Israel Adesanya
Sean Strickland
Last FightWinWin
CountryNew ZealandUSA
Weight (lbs)185169
Reach (in)79″75″
Win by KO/TKO67%41%
Win by Submission0%15%
Strikes landed per minute4.44N/A
Striking accuracy51%N/A
Striking absorbed per minute2.49N/A
Striking defense65%N/A
Takedown average0N/A
Takedown accuracyN/AN/A
Takedown defense85%N/A
Submission average0.48

Adesanya vs Strickland Betting Picks

Israel Adesanya and Strickland will clash in a widely-anticipated clash between two of the best middleweight fighters in the world. Adesanya will bring his championship experience to the octagon while Strickland steps into the fight with his prowess in takedowns and strikes. It will be one of the biggest challenges for the American, who once ruled the King of the Cage circles, as he will make his first UFC title fight for the first time in 20 matches.

On the other hand, Adesanya will face one of the most underrated strikers in the middleweight division. He is coming off a win over Pereira, who is considered as the best strikers in the middleweight class before climbing up to light heavyweight. Online UFC odds give Adesanya a considerable advantage due to his championship experience but Strickland brings in his world-class striking prowess that could turn the tide in the blink of an eye.