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Who won Adesanya vs Strickland?
Sean Strickland beat Israel Adesanya by unanimous decision in their 5 round contest during the main event of UFC 293, on Saturday 9th September 2023 at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney.
The scorecards were announced as 46-49, 46-49, 46-49 in favor of winner Sean Strickland.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 5 rounds in the Middleweight division, which meant the weight limit was 185 pounds (13.2 stone or 83.9 KG).
This contest was for the UFC middleweight championship.
Adesanya vs Strickland stats
Israel Adesanya stepped into the octagon with a record of 24 wins, 2 loses and 0 draws, 16 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Sean Strickland made his way to the cage with a record of 27 wins, 5 loses and 0 draws, with 11 of those wins by knock out and 4 by submission.
The stats suggested Adesanya had a large advantage in power over Strickland, boasting at 67% knock out percentage over Strickland's 41%.
If the fight went to the ground, their records suggested Strickland had an advantage over Adesanya, with a 15% submission rate over Adesanya's 0%.
Israel Adesanya was the older man by 2 years, at 34 years old.
Adesanya had a height advantage of 3 inches over Strickland. That also extended to a 4-inch reach advantage.
Adesanya was the less experienced professional fighter, having had 6 fewer fights, and made his debut in 2012, 4 year later than Strickland, whose first professional fight was in 2008. He had fought 8 less professional rounds, 76 to Strickland's 84.
Adesanya vs Strickland form
Strickland had beaten 3 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 1 of them, going the distance twice.
In his last fight before this contest, he had defeated Abusupiyan Magomedov at UFC Fight Night – Strickland vs. Magomedov on 1st July 2023 by knockout in the 2nd round at UFC Apex, Las Vegas, United States.
Previous to that, he had defeated Nassourdine Imavov at UFC Fight Night: Gastelum vs. Imavov on 14th January 2023 by unanimous decision in their 5 round contest.
Going into that contest, he had been beaten by Jared Cannonier at UFC Fight Night: Cannonier vs. Strickland on 17th December 2022 by split decision in their 5 round contest at UFC Apex, Las Vegas.
Before that, he had lost to Alex Pereira at UFC 276 on 2nd July 2022 by knockout in the 1st round at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas.
He had beat Jack Hermansson at UFC Fight Night on 5th February 2022 by split decision in their 5 round contest at UFC APEX, Las Vegas.
Adesanya's last 3 fights had come over a period of 5 years, 7 months and 19 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 1 year, 10 months and 17 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 9 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 3 rounds on average.
Strickland's last 5 fights had come over a period of 1 year, 9 months and 28 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 4 months and 13 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 18 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 3.6 rounds on average.
What were the odds on Adesanya vs Strickland?
Israel Adesanya was a 7/50 (-710) favourite going into the contest, while Sean Strickland made his way into the ring at 5/1 (+500) with oddsmakers.