Sean Strickland grabs middleweight belt at UFC 293

Sean Strickland grabs middleweight belt at UFC 293

Sep 9, 2023; Sydney, NSW, AUSTRALIA; Sean Strickland (blue gloves) celebrates after defeating Israel Adesanya (not pictured) during UFC 293 at Qudos Bank Arena.
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Sean Strickland became the new middleweight champion on Saturday night by beating Israel Adesanya by unanimous decision in the main event of UFC 293 in Sydney.

The cards read 49-46, 49-46, 49-46 in favor of Strickland (28-5-0), who has won three consecutive UFC bouts and nine of his last 11. Adesanya (24-3-0) has lost two of his last three fights.

Strickland landed 137 strikes compared to Adesanya’s 94 to take the belt.

In other action, Alexander Volkov (37-10-0) used an Ezekiel choke to best Tai Tuivasa (15-6-0) in a heavyweight match. In a flyweight battle, Manel Kape (19-6-0) used 77 strikes to the head to topple Felipe dos Santos (7-1-0) by unanimous decision, with the cards reading 30-27, 29-28, 29-28.

Justin Tafa (7-3-0) won his heavyweight bout, and Tyson Pedro (10-4-0) prevailed in a light heavyweight skirmish.

—Field Level Media

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