Israel Adesanya vs. Sean Strickland at UFC 293: Fightin’ Words breaks down ‘Worst PPV of the Year’

Before the main event of UFC 293 got announced, many expected Israel Adesanya would defend the UFC middleweight title against Dricus Du Plessis. Instead, he faces Sean Strickland in Australia on September 9. 

Both are known for their trash-talking, but, as of now, Adesanya has backed it up by becoming a two-time champion. The outspoken Strickland has never main-evented a PPV. Some say the event lacks star power, as there is only one title fight on the card, and the rest features several local talents. 

Should the event be a PPV? Previous and upcoming UFC fight nights feature competitive bouts compared to this one. But sometimes, a card you least expect it from produces when it matters the most. 

Per Bet MGM, Adesanya is the -700 favorite, while Strickland is the +475 underdog. Regarding the main event, is Adesanya vs. Strickland the worst mismatch in UFC history?

WATCH: UFC 293 PPV, exclusively on ESPN+

On the latest episode of Fightin’ Words, The Sporting News’ Andreas Hale and Karisa Maxwell, and Fight Disciples’ Adam Caterall talk about what could be done to fix oversaturation in combat sports in general and the UFC. Other topics include: 

  • Predicting the outcome of Adesanya vs. Strickland.
  • Debating the top mismatches in UFC history, from Georges St-Pierre vs. Matt Serra, Holly Holm vs. Ronda Rousey, and Jon Jones vs. Channel Sonnen. 
  • Wondering if a Strickland win makes it the biggest upset in UFC history.
  • Debating if a Strickland win is the worst thing for the UFC or a gift for the promotion.

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