The Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney, Australia, played host to a night of intense mixed martial arts action as UFC 293 unfolded on September 10, 2023. What was expected to be a night of thrilling showdowns turned into an evening of unexpected upsets and unforgettable moments that left fans on the edge of their seats.
Main Event: Strickland Stuns Adesanya
The main event of UFC 293 was the marquee matchup that had fans buzzing for weeks. Reigning middleweight champion Israel Adesanya was set to defend his title against Sean Strickland, a talented fighter but considered the underdog. In a shocking turn of events, Strickland delivered a performance for the ages.
Over the course of five grueling rounds, Strickland showcased his relentless pace and unyielding spirit. The judges’ unanimous decision in favor of Strickland (49–46, 49–46, 49–46) sent shockwaves through the MMA world as he dethroned Adesanya.
UFC 293 Results:
• Sean Strickland def. Israel Adesanya (c) – Decision (Unanimous)
• Alexander Volkov def. Tai Tuivasa – Submission (Ezekial Choke)
• Manel Kape def. Felipe dos Santos – Decision (Unanimous)
• Justin Tafa def. Austen Lane – KO (Punches)
• Tyson Pedro def. Anton Turkalj – KO (Punches)
Preliminary Card (ESPN / ESPN+):
• Carlos Ulberg def. Jung Da-un – Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
• Chepe Mariscal def. Jack Jenkins – TKO (Arm Injury)
• Jamie Mullarkey def. John Makdessi – Decision (Unanimous)
• Nasrat Haqparast def. Landon Quiñones – Decision (Unanimous)
Early Preliminary Card (ESPN+ / UFC Fight Pass):
• Charlie Radtke def. Mike Mathetha – Decision (Unanimous)
• Gabriel Miranda def. Shane Young – Technical Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
• Kevin Jousset def. Kiefer Crosbie – Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
• Fight of the Night: Manel Kape vs. Felipe dos Santos
• Performance of the Night: Sean Strickland and Justin Tafa