Reigning UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya will defend his 185-pound strap against No. 5-ranked title contender Sean Strickland atop the UFC 293 fight card, which airs this Sat. night (Sept. 9, 2023) at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney, Australia.
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“I don’t like idiots, or bullies,” Adesanya told TSN. “Like [Strickland] knows I’m going to f**k him up, but he’s still just trying to pretend he’s this big dog. And I’m like, ‘Alright, bet.’ He doesn’t have to respect me, or come in and bow down, nothing like that. But some of the things he’s saying, and he’s also questioning my character, like, b***h you don’t know me.”
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