(Video) Adesanya delivers hilarious impression of Sean Strickland’s style

Veteran combat sports reporter Ariel Helwani provided insights into the evolving scenario. Helwani revealed that the UFC had initially considered pairing Israel Adesanya against Dricus Du Plessis for the main event of UFC 293. However, Du Plessis’ injury compelled a change in plans.

Subsequently, Adesanya’s team proposed a matchup against Sean Strickland, but the UFC deemed it unsuitable for a headline bout. The focus then shifted to Alex Pereira and Jiri Prochazka, yet the timing wasn’t deemed optimal. Helwani shared these developments during a recent episode of The MMA Hour.

Sean Strickland’s trajectory toward a title shot seemed unlikely, given his recent track record (Strickland is 2-2, with two victories over unranked opponents).

UFC President Dana White made the pivotal announcement via the promotion’s social media channels, confirming the main event for UFC 293. “Israel Adesanya defends his title against 5th ranked Sean Strickland,” proclaimed White.

The choice of Strickland as the challenger underlines the UFC’s strategy to deliver exciting matchups as the event’s significance grows. White continued, “Strickland is an absolute maniac who doesn’t back down from anyone. This will be great…”

The co-main event is set to captivate fans as Aussie favorite Tai Tuivasa collides with seasoned contender Alexander Volkov in a heavyweight clash. The match’s knockout potential ensures that judges won’t be necessary to render a verdict.

Additionally, the card boasts riveting matchups, including Kai Kara-France facing off against Manel Kape in a duel of top flyweight contenders. The heavyweight duo of Justin Tafa and Austen Lane is also set for a rematch, determined to conclude their unfinished business following their ‘no contest’ encounter.

As Sydney gears up for UFC 293, the melding of extraordinary talent, unforgettable moments, and unyielding determination promises to deliver a night of fights that will resonate long after the final bell.