The headline bout of UFC 293 in Sydney will feature Israel Adesanya defending his UFC middleweight championship against Sean Strickland. This highly anticipated fight is set to take place on September 10 at the Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney, Australia. Adesanya had initially been slated to face Dricus Du Plessis, the division’s top contender, but due to scheduling conflicts, the match was postponed.
Adesanya, a two-time UFC champion and currently ranked as the No. 5 pound-for-pound fighter in the world by MMA Hook, reclaimed his middleweight title in April with a second-round knockout victory over Alex Pereira. During his previous title reign, he achieved five consecutive title defenses between 2019 and 2022, defeating formidable opponents like Robert Whittaker (twice), Marvin Vettori, and Paulo Costa.
His challenger, Sean Strickland, ranked as the No. 9 middleweight by MMA Hook, is known for his outspoken and controversial nature. The 32-year-old fighter has bounced back from losses to Pereira and Jared Cannonier by securing victories over Nassourdine Imavov and Abusupiyan Magomedov. Notably, Strickland has also claimed wins against UFC opponents such as Brendan Allen, Jack Hermansson, and Uriah Hall.
The main card of UFC 293 will also feature a co-main event in the heavyweight division, pitting Tai Tuivasa against Alexander Volkov. Additionally, flyweights Kai Kara-France and Manel Kape will square off, while a women’s flyweight match between Viviane Araujo and Jennifer Maia has been added to the card.
The full lineup for UFC 293 includes:
- Israel Adesanya vs. Sean Strickland (UFC Middleweight Title Fight)
- Tai Tuivasa vs. Alexander Volkov
- Kai Kara-France vs. Manel Kape
- Justin Tafa vs. Austen Lane
- Viviane Araujo vs. Jennifer Maia
- Carlos Ulberg vs. Da Un Jung
- Blood Diamond vs. Charlie Radtke
- Tyson Pedro vs. Anton Turkalj
- Brandon Jenkins vs. Chepe Mariscal
- Shane Young vs. Gabriel Miranda
- Jamie Mullarkey vs. John Makdessi
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about MMA Showdown
When and where is UFC 293 taking place?
UFC 293 is scheduled to happen on September 10 at the Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney, Australia.
Who are the main event fighters?
The main event features Israel Adesanya defending his UFC middleweight title against Sean Strickland.
Why was the originally scheduled opponent changed?
Dricus Du Plessis, the initial contender, couldn’t make the date, leading to Adesanya campaigning to fight Strickland instead.
What are Adesanya’s recent achievements?
Adesanya, ranked No. 5 pound-for-pound by MMA Hook, regained his middleweight title with a knockout of Alex Pereira and has defended his title five times.
How has Strickland been performing recently?
Ranked No. 9 by MMA Hook, Strickland rebounded with wins against Imavov and Magomedov after facing losses, showcasing his resilience.
What else is on the card?
The event’s main card includes a heavyweight co-main event, flyweight matchups, and a women’s flyweight bout between Araujo and Maia.
Can you provide the full UFC 293 lineup?
Certainly. The complete card includes Adesanya vs. Strickland, Tuivasa vs. Volkov, Kara-France vs. Kape, and several other exciting matchups.
Where can I watch UFC 293?
Details about how to watch the event will be available on the official UFC website and various broadcasting platforms.