Adesanya vs Strickland LIVE: UFC 293 updates and results tonight

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Israel Adesanya defends his middleweight title against Sean Strickland in the main event of UFC 293 tonight.

Adesanya regained the title in April by defeating his old kickboxing rival Alex Pereira, five months after the Brazilian took the belt from Adesanya. The Nigerian-New Zealander will look to get his second run as champion off to a good start when he takes on Strickland in Sydney this evening.

While Adesanya, 34, has proven controversial among fans, American Strickland has caused greater controversy in recent years. The 32-year-old claimed in 2021 that he would like to “kill” an opponent in the ring one day, but that hasn’t stopped him from getting the biggest share of cheers in Australia this week.

While he will be the obvious fan favorite at UFC 293, Adesanya is the betting favorite as his counterpunching is expected to be too skilled for the game, but Strickland is limited.

Follow live updates from the UFC 293 main event and below the card.

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UFC 293 LIVE: Israel Adesanya vs. Sean Strickland

Both men are Orthodox. Strickland pushes forward and catches a body kick. He checks a low kick.

Adesanya lands a glancing kick now as Strickland keeps him close to the fence. Low kick from the challenger.

Adesanya tries a cross, but it’s just out of reach. As usual, lots of feints from the champion. Strickland bites on one and backs away, but then he comes forward and lands a low kick.

Adesanya switches stances back and forth.

Alex PattleSeptember 10, 2023 05:02

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UFC 293 LIVE: Israel Adesanya vs. Sean Strickland

Here we go! No contact with gloves!

Alex PattleSeptember 10, 2023 4:59 am

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UFC 293 LIVE: Israel Adesanya vs. Sean Strickland

Now Adesanya makes his way to the ring.

The 34-year-old Nigerian and New Zealander has a professional record of 24-2 – 16 KO/TKOs; 0 submissions; 8 decision wins.

One of his losses came by TKO, the other was a decision loss to then-light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz in 2021.

Alex PattleSeptember 10, 2023 4:57 am

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UFC 293 LIVE: Israel Adesanya vs. Sean Strickland

Strickland takes his walk.

The 32-year-old American looks a little nervous, but to be honest he often is.

He brings into this match a professional record of 27-5 – 11 KO/TKOs; 4 submissions; 12 decision wins.

Two of his losses came by KO/TKO; Three of them came about by resolution.

Alex PattleSeptember 10, 2023 4:52 am

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UFC 293 LIVE: Israel Adesanya vs. Sean Strickland

It’s time for the main event. Israel Adesanya defends UFC middleweight title against Sean Strickland…

Here’s our main event preview while we wait for the strikes:

Alex PattleSeptember 10, 2023 4:48 am

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UFC 293 LIVE: Tai Tuivasa vs. Alexander Volkov

Tuivasa hammers low kicks at Volkov, whose movement seems a bit affected…

Good knee from Volkov in the clinch as he barely hits Tuivasa’s chin.

Oh! Tuivasa goes down again and Volkov tries to keep him on the mat this time! He tries a guillotine from the side, but it’s not there.

Tuivasa manages to get to his feet and now he’s after Volkov! However, he tires and just seems to fall to the mat while throwing a kick…

Volkov uses some ground and pound and then secures the climb! It’s raining more strikes! Tuivasa has your back!

However, he is able to turn back to Volkov and take the rear naked choke off the table. But Volkov manages to get his hand under Tuivasa’s head and he secures the Ezekiel choke from above!!

Alexander Volkov defeated. Tai Tuivasa by second-round submission (Ezekiel choke, 4:37)

Alex PattleSeptember 10, 2023 4:41 am

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UFC 293 LIVE: Tai Tuivasa vs. Alexander Volkov

Both men are Orthodox. Decent counter punches from Volkov as Tuivasa comes forward.

Tuivasa rolls a hook into the body of Volkov, eclipsing the Australian.

Volkov then kicks low to the body. Now he forces Tuivasa to block a headbutt after the home favorite stormed into firing range with a risky combination.

Volkov catches a kick and delivers a nice cross to Tuivasa. Now the Russian works the body with a hard kick and a few punches.

Volkov matches Tuivasa’s kicks closely and fires punches over the top.

Oh! A short right cross sends Tuivasa falling to his knees! Volkov tries to follow him, first on the canvas and then against the cage, but he doesn’t hurry…

Tuivasa manages to get into space and he makes it to the end of the round, but only after a brutal flurry from Volkov!

Alex PattleSeptember 10, 2023 4:35 am

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UFC 293 LIVE

It’s already time for the co-main event! Australian Tai Tuivasa takes on Russian veteran Alexander Volkov.

Alex PattleSeptember 10, 2023 04:19

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UFC 293 LIVE: Manel Kape vs. Felipe dos Santos

Kape attacks Kai Kara-France, who is in the crowd and repeatedly calls the Kiwi a “piece of shit.”

Kara-France was Kape’s original opponent here, but he had to retire due to a concussion.

Alex PattleSeptember 10, 2023 4:17 am

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UFC 293 LIVE: Manel Kape vs. Felipe dos Santos

Dos Santos flies a right hook and misses, and Kape punishes him with a short, straight, sharp shot.

Kape continues to change positions. He shows good head movement to avoid much of Dos Santos’ attacks.

Until now! Dos Santos lands a few big punches clean!

Both men now land at will!! Kape has a cut around his left eye. He’s definitely at the top of the scorecard; But will he let this go?

Maybe not! With a crisp counter cross he sends Dos Santos to his knees! Dos Santos comes back with a one-two, which gets to the point!

Kape wisely slows down the pace. Dos Santos now tries to cut off his head with every punch.

Kape with a well-timed takedown late in the round and some ground and pound for good measure! We go to the judges’ scorecards.

Manel Kape defeated. Felipe dos Santos by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Alex PattleSeptember 10, 2023 4:13 am

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