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UFC 293’s Sean Strickland goes nuts, punches Israel Adesanya fan in streets of Sydney — ‘I committed assault’

UFC middleweight contender Sean Strickland is prowling the streets of Sydney, snapping photos with MMA fans ahead of the UFC 293 pay-per-view (PPV) event this weekend at Qudos Bank Arena. Unfortunately for all parties involved, one Israel Adesanya supporter got a little too close for comfort, ultimately paying the price for his “Tarzan” trash talk.

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MASSIVE MIDDLEWEIGHT MATCH! Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) makes its highly anticipated return to Sydney, Australia, for the first time in five years on Sat., Sept. 9, 2023, with a 185-pound world title fight inside Qudos Bank Arena. In the ESPN+-streamed pay-per-view (PPV) main event, Middleweight roost-ruler, Israel Adesanya, plans to silence No. 5-seeded contender, Sean Strickland. In UFC 293’s hard-hitting Heavyweight co-main event, No-6-ranked fan favorite, Tai Tuivasa, locks horns with towering Russian, Alexander Volkov (No. 8).

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“Boom, right in the guts,” Strickland told FOX Sports Australia. “I’d only been in Australia a day and already I’d committed an assault. Initially, I thought the guy was coming up for a photo because anybody who wants a photo, man, I love the fans. But if you wanna come up to me and run your (expletive) mouth, I’ll smack you like I smack anybody else. Uppercut to his stomach. Then I walked away. But if I see the guy again, man, no problems … I’ll thank him for not pressing charges.”


Perhaps this is what Adesanya had in mind when he made reference to Strickland “embarrassing the company” ahead of this weekend’s title fight. “Tarzan” has a history of losing his cool and often makes headlines for being awful on multiple levels. In fact, Strickland recently bragged about how many people he’s injured in training camp.

Safe to say that honorary citizenship is in jeopardy after this latest stunt.

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