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UFC 293 date: UK start time, full fight card and how to follow as Israel Adesanya defends title against Sean Strickland

Middleweight champion Israel Adesanya will defend his title against Sean Strickland in the main event of UFC 293 next weekend. 

Adesanya won his belt back against Alex Pereira last time out as he got his revenge on the Brazilian with a second-round knockout in April. 


Adesanya will defend his title against Strickland in SydneyCredit: Getty Images – Getty

And ‘The Last Style Bender’ has since been pushing for a fight against Strickland with the leading contender for the title, Dricus du Plessis, unable to fight.

‘Tarzan’ has won his last two bouts, beating Nassourdine Imavov and Abusupiyan Magomedov and is now set for a shot a becoming champion. 

Elsewhere on the card, Tai Tauisava takes on Alexander Volkov in a huge heavyweight clash which will co-headline the event. 

UFC 293: Date and how to follow 

UFC 293 will take place on Saturday, September 9 at the Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney.

Adesanya shocked by Blachowicz's body language against Pereira and ranted at TV
Israel Adesanya aims X-rated rant at Dricus du Plessis as he announces UFC 293 opponent

It will get underway at 12pm local time which is 3am on Sunday morning in the UK. 

The early preliminary card will get underway at 11:30pm UK time before the preliminary card begins at 1am and the main card at 3am. 

The preliminary cards are set to be broadcast live on the UFC Fight Pass and fans can sign up to the pass here. 

And then the main card will be shown live on TNT Sports in the UK. Full details on how to watch the event can be found here.

Adesanya won his title back from Pereria earlier this year


Adesanya won his title back from Pereria earlier this yearCredit: Getty

UFC 293: Fight card 

Subject to change

Main Card

  • MAIN EVENT: Israel Adesanya vs Sean Strickland – UFC middleweight title 
  • Tai Tuivasa vs Alexander Volkov 
  • Manel Kape vs Felipe Dos Santos 
  • Justin Tafa vs Austen Lane 
  • Tyson Pedro vs Anton Turkalj 

Preliminary card 

  • Carlos Ulberg vs Da Woon Jung 
  • Jack Jenkins vs Chepe Mariscal 
  • Jamie Mullarkey vs John Makdessi 

Early preliminary card 

  • Mike Diamond vs Charlie Radtke 
  • Shane Young vs Gabriel Miranda 
  • Nasrat Haqparast vs Landon Quinones 
  • Kevin Jousset vs Kieffer Crosbie

UFC 293: What has been said? 

Adesanya was not happy that No.1 contender Du Plessis wasn’t fit enough to fight him at UFC 293 next weekend.

He said in a video shared on social media: “I don’t even know how to start this, but ‘Dricus du P****,’ you f****** b****.

“[Du Plessis said], ‘Oh, all he had to do is put some gloves [on], I was ready to go again.’ No, you weren’t, you’re a b****. That’s why you’re not taking this fight.

“Your foot’s sore. N*****, my knee was jacked, too, from my last fight. Guess what I did? I showed up because that’s what a f****** champion does. Championship-calibre, built different.”

Strickland fights Adesanya due to Du Plessis being unable to make the date


Strickland fights Adesanya due to Du Plessis being unable to make the dateCredit: getty

The Last Style Bender’s frustration has since moved onto Strickland.

He told MMA Fighting: “I don’t listen to people [telling me I should win]. 

“I only listen to me and my team and this guy, he’s already p****d me off with his energy. The way he comes across and the way he tries to antagonize me.

“I don’t like the way he conducts himself. Even his sparring footage will pop up in my feed sometimes and I’m just like what the f***? Who does that? He’s a gym hero. 

“He’s just an idiot and he’s not the kind of person I associate myself with and also he’s fugazi.”




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