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UFC 293: In a stunning upset, Sean Strickland captures the middleweight title by defeating Israel Adesanya

Sean Strickland VS Israeli Adesanya

 

Strickland dropped ‘The Last Stylebender’ and hasn’t looked back. Sean Strickland has now turned the world of Israeli Adesanya and mixed martial arts upside down.

The American dropped Adesanya in the first round and never looked back, applying relentless pressure and direct boxing on Sunday at UFC 293, earning the honor of becoming the middleweight champion of the world. The judges scored it 49-46 in favor of Strickland in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

“Am I dreaming? Am I about to wake up? Someone hit me. Oh my God,” Strickland said in the Octagon after his biggest win. His career. Entering the fight as the underdog and seeded fifth, Strickland caught Adesanya’s eye with a mix of left-right combinations in the first round, separating Adesanya from his ‘The Last Stylebender’ guard and dropping him with a thud. Visibly injured, Adesanya turned to Strickland, who delivered the first-round knockout blow, nearly ending it for the champion.

From there, Strickland maintained his forward pressure and continued to use boxing consistently to keep Adesanya on his heels in and around the Octagon. This relentless movement wore down Adesanya, who could never find his footing or his driveway to land the precise strike that ‘The Last Stylebender’ is known for.

Through it all, Strickland remained solid and direct, catching Adesanya with a few hard shots, especially his directs, to comfortably establish himself on the judges’ scorecards, upsetting the UFC scorecards to dethrone the champion . »

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