With many expecting the next defense of Israel Adesanya’s Middleweight title to come against Dricus Du Plessis, it appears that bout may have to wait as Sean Strickland now appears set to take on the champion at UFC 293 on September 10th in Sydney, Australia. This news comes from Adesanya himself as he says he now expects to face Strickland.
This fight takes place in the Middleweight (185Ibs) division.
Israel Adesanya holds a professional record of 24-2-0 and is currently the champion of the Middleweight division. His notable wins include Alex Pereira, Jared Cannonier and Robert Whittaker.
Sean Strickland holds a professional record of 27-5 and is currently ranked #6 in the Middleweight division. His notable wins include Abus Magomedov, Nassourdine Imavov and Jack Hermansson.
Odds for this bout are not yet available.
Israel Adesanya looks to defend his title here for the first time in his second reign as champion. He reclaimed the belt with an emphatic knockout victory over Alex Pereira in their rematch at UFC 287.
Sean Strickland looks to get his opportunity here after a dominant win over Abus Magomedov at the Apex just a few weeks ago, where he completely took over after the first round before finishing the fight.
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