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 Israel Adesanya of Nigeria reacts after knocking out Alex Pereira of Brazil in the UFC middleweight championship fight during the UFC 287 event at Kaseya Center on April 08, 2023 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
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(All stats according to UFC’s Record Book and Fight Metric as of September 6, 2023 and only include active athletes in their respective division unless noted otherwise)

Main Event: Israel Adesanya vs Sean Strickland

Israel Adesanya

Key Stats: 13 knockdowns landed (tied 1st all-time among MW), 17:19 average fight time (longest all-time among MW), 59.1% significant strike defense (7th)

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UFC Breakdown | UFC 293: Adesanya vs Strickland
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What It Means: “The Last Stylebender” has an algorithmic approach to fights, especially in the striking department. He is a master of maintaining range and gathering reads through feints. He often likes to build his attacks off leg kicks before getting to work with his hands, and he’ll usually throw one or two strikes at a time before he finds his rhythm for combinations. Adesanya is deceptively strong in clinches and shows solid, fundamental grappling, both offensively and defensively. While he is good when pressing the action, he is particularly effective as a counterstriker.

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Sean Strickland

Key Stats: 6.19 strikes landed per minute (3rd all-time among MW), +1.87 striking differential (10th all-time among MW), 65.4 significant strike defense (5th all-time among MW)

What It Means: Strickland is a high-volume, high-pressure kind of fighter who wants to melt his opponents over time. He is defensively awkward but sound, possessing good vision in the pocket, and he likes to parry punches away with his hands and arms. His best weapon is his jab, and while he says he’s not the most powerful puncher, his accuracy plus his pace does the job for him. He is also an effective wrestler although he does not often utilize that skill set.

What to Look For in the Fight: Although Strickland’s best path to victory is to grapple with Adesanya, he enjoys trading on the feet, so it’ll be intriguing to see whether he tries to march Adesanya down the way he does with most of his opponents. Adesanya will switch his footwork with frequency to evade and maintain range, and he could find plenty of early success kicking Strickland’s legs if he can be mindful of the counters over the top. If Adesanya decides to sit in the pocket, his accuracy will be tested, but he could find a lot of success feinting on Strickland to get past his initial defenses.

Co-Main Event: Tai Tuivasa vs Alexander Volkov

Tai Tuivasa

Key Stats: 1.38 knockdowns per 15 minutes (8th all-time among HW), 6:41 average fight time (6th), 49.9% significant strike accuracy (3rd)

Tai Tuivasa poses during a media opportunity promoting UFC 293 at Hickson Road Reserve on May 18, 2023 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Zuffa LLC)
Tai Tuivasa poses during a media opportunity promoting UFC 293 at Hickson Road Reserve on May 18, 2023 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Zuffa LLC)

What It Means: “Bam Bam” is your classic brawler. He has good durability and is unafraid of eating a shot to deliver a bigger one. He is pretty explosive for his size, and he carries wicked power in his shots. He almost fights better in the chaotic moments of a bout. In close, he’ll mix in elbows off the clinch and tee off on an opponent sitting along the fence.

Alexander Volkov

Key Stats: 56.8% significant strike accuracy (3rd), +1.99 striking differential (4th), 54.2% significant strike defense (7th)

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What It Means: “Drago” is a marksman with his striking. He is great at using his long-range tools to maintain distance, either with front kicks to the body or straight punches. He has power up close, but his best range is kickboxing range.

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What to Look For in the Fight: Tuivasa will have to find a way to get past the forest of limbs from Volkov to get inside and land one of the big punches he is looking for at all times. Tuivasa will have the speed advantage, but he has to be mindful of Volkov’s body attacks. Volkov undoubtedly is aware of the success Ciryl Gane had going to Tuivasa’s body with frequency, so it’s up to Tuivasa to find a counter to that. Tuivasa is also fighting in his home city, so that extra energy will absolutely play a factor in this fight

Other Fights to Watch (Carlos Ulberg vs Da Woon Jung)

Carlos Ulberg

Key Stats: 8.13 strikes landed per minute, 5:25 average fight time, 100% takedown defense

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What It Means: Ulberg is a sharp kickboxer with heavy, brutal kicks but an exceptionally good check hook. He is a patient fighter despite his normally quick fights, but that speaks more to his power than his approach. He likes to use a long guard and has sharp footwork that allows him to pivot off and land that counter hook he is often looking for early in the fight.

Da Woon Jung

Key Stats: 3.39 strikes landed per minute, 2.1 takedowns averaged per 15 minutes, 9:11 average fight time

What It Means: Jung is a powerful fighter with sharp boxing and a heavy right hand. Most of his work on the feet is to line up his big right over the top, but he is a mindful counter fighter as well. He can mix things up and take a fight to the ground, utilizing his good frame for the division, but ultimately, he wants to uncork his right hand to end the fight.

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What to Look For in the Fight: This one could get off to a slow start as both men enjoy sitting back and countering with their best shots, but Ulberg could get ahead if he throws low kicks to Jung’s legs and body. Ulberg is probably the cleaner striker of the two, but Jung can absolutely find a knockout shot in an exchange.

UFC 293: Adesanya vs Strickland took place live from Qudos Arena in Sydney, Australia on September 9, 2023. See the Final Results, Official Scorecards and Who Won Bonuses - and relive the action on UFC Fight Pass!