Adesanya Promises To Beat Strickland With Ease

November 15, 2023
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Israel Adesanya is confident that he can overcome Sean Strickland with ease.

The two MMA fighters square off on September 9th, 2023, at UFC 293. This will see Adesanya defend his middleweight title that he acquired from Alex Pereira for the first time since that win.

And a win for Izzy would also increase the calls on him to face Dricus du Plessis. The pair were seemingly set to face off after they squared up in the cage following Du Plessis’ win over Robert Whittaker.

However, the South African’s injury meant that Strickland stepped in. The latter is on a two-fight-win streak, but Izzy is not worried about what his opponent will bring.

Adesanya On Strickland

“I feel stronger, I feel faster, more explosive, I’m hitting harder. Expect to see me at my best. Expect to see a masterclass, a showcase in true fighting. I’m gonna make this look easy, really easy,” Adesanya

Nevertheless, there is a risk that Adesanya could overlook his opponent. In the build up to his fight with Jared Cannonier, Adesanya also vowed to put on a show.

This included the admission that he would ‘make it look easy.’ Despite grabbing the victory, Adesanya had to go the distance as he failed to stop Cannonier. Therefore, the pressure is on Adesanya to back up his words. After all, Strickland is ready to go to war.

Strickland On Adesanya

“Here’s the thing about Izzy: Izzy is the f*cking definition of spineless. That man will jump on all ball, any bandwagon that does him good. Look at me. (I’m) a man of the people…That man has no spine. He has no backbone. One of the best kickboxers in the world. I admit that. But as far as being a man, I don’t know what the f*ck happened to you,” Strickland

With both fighters having something to lose, the bout promises to be an entertaining one. Will Israel defend his title, or can Strickland pull off a shock? Time will tell how it all plays out moving forward.

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