A new report is suggesting that UFC 293 PPV headliner is set to be between UFC Middleweight Champion Israel Adesanya and Sean Strickland.
Israel Adesanya was earlier supposed to face Dracius Du Plessis in the main event of UFC 293 PPV in Australia. However, Du Plessis cited an injury and was not able to get ready by September 9 to face Adesanyan.
Adesanya then called out Sean Strickland to face him at UFC 293, which is expected to be the direction from UFC. Now, according to the report from Spinnin Backfist, only a few small details are left to be worked out before the fight is announced by UFC.
🚨 UFC 293 MAIN EVENT IS HERE— Spinnin Backfist (@SpinninBackfist) August 6, 2023
Sean Strickland vs Israel Adesanya will headline #UFC293 in Sydney 🇦🇺
only a few small details left to be worked out before being announced.
credit @SpinninBackfist & @JackMacCFB pic.twitter.com/zNacBwYnAA
Sean Strickland is currently on a two-fight winning streak. He recently defeated Abus Magomedov via knockout at UFC Vegas 76 event on July 1, 2023. He started the year by beating Nassourdine Imavov at UFC Vegas 67 event.
Strickland lost to Alex Pereira at UFC 276 which paved Pereira’s way to challenge Adesanya for the title. Strickland then suffered a controversial split decision loss to Jared Cannonier.
Israel Adesanya lost UFC Middleweight Championship to Alex Pereira at UFC 281 in November last year, which was his first MMA loss in middleweight division. He beat Pereira in the rematch at UFC 287 PPV to win the title back. He was also awarded the Performance of the Night award for the knockout.
UFC 293 PPV event is scheduled for September 9 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. A flyweight bout between Kai Kara-France and Manel Kape and a heavyweight bout between Tai Tuivasa and Alexander Volkov are scheduled for the main card.