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UFC 293 Betting Preview: Israel Adesanya vs. Sean Strickland

September 9, 2023

UFC 293 has an outstanding night of fights prepared for bettors. The main event is a middleweight title bout featuring current champion Israel Adesanya and fifth-ranked Sean Strickland.

  • Location: Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney, Australia

  • Date: Saturday, September 9, 2023

  • Main Card: 10:00 PM ET (PPV)

  • Prelims: 8:00 PM ET (ESPN/ESPN+)

  • Early Prelims: 6:30 PM ET (ESPN+)

Israel Adesanya Betting Preview

Adesanya has had some interesting battles when looking at his last six. He moved in one battle to fight in another division and suffered his first career defeat and then suffered his second career defeat to Alex Pereira two fights ago in the light heavyweight division. However, he quickly gained momentum back after defeating Pereira in the second time they fought at UFC 287.

His record shows 24 wins coming by 16 knockouts and eight decisions. Six of his 24 victories have been first round finishes and he has one loss each by knockout and decision.

“The Last Stylebender” strikes with an accuracy at 50 percent, but has a low takedown accuracy at 14 percent. He averages 3.94 significant strikes each minute and absorbs 2.88, which is a solid ratio.

He defends against significant strikes at 58 percent and takedowns at 78 percent. He is not active on the ground, as he lands 0.06 takedowns and 0.17 submission attempts per 15 minutes of fight time.

Sean Strickland Betting Preview

Strickland aims to shock the division and add onto his current two-fight win streak. His recent success was a second round TKO against Abusupiyan Magomedov back in July of this year at UFC ESPN 48.

He has amassed 27 wins that consist of 11 knockouts, four submissions, and 12 decisions. Nine of his 27 wins have resulted in the first round and he has three out of five defeats coming by decision.

"Tarzan" consistently demonstrates an impressive 41 percent accuracy, coupled with a commendable 64 percent takedown success rate. His aggressive approach shines through as he lands an average of 5.86 significant strikes per minute while absorbing only 4.28.

He defends well against significant strikes at 63 percent and against takedowns at 84 percent. He also averages 1.00 takedowns and 0.22 submissions per 15 minutes of fight time.

Odds, Series Trends and Free Pick

MyBookie's latest offering shows that Israel Adesanya is a heavy favorite to win in this showdown. You could consider adding Adesanya to your parlay with other fights on the night to get the best odds.

  • Sean Strickland: +440

  • Israel Adesanya: -600

This will be an engaging battle with a lot of strikes. Strickland has a good opportunity to win, but look for Adesanya to stand strong with a late knockout.

Final Pick: Take Israel Adesanya to Win at -600