- Saturday’s sizzling UFC 293 card takes place from beautiful Sydney, Australia
- Champion Israel Adesanya takes on Sean Strickland for the middleweight strap, while Tai Tuivasa battles Alexander Volkov in the co-main event
- Below, find the UFC 293: Adesanya vs Strickland odds, picks and predictions
Middleweight kingpin Israel Adesanya returns to the Octagon at UFC 293 this Saturday. He’ll be motivated to keep his belt in a dance of mixed martial arts versus American scrapper Sean Strickland. The Adesanya vs Strickland main event is just one of UFC 293’s explosive matchups to bet on.
Taking place at the Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney, Australia, UFC 293 gets underway at 6:30pm ET with the prelims airing on ESPN. Explore all the odds and our best UFC 293 bets below!
UFC 293 Odds
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Israel Adesanya enters the UFC 293 odds as a massive -650 betting favorite versus Sean Strickland who’s a +470 underdog. While former NFL player Austen Lane comes in as a +180 underdog against Justin Tafa, the -218 favorite.
Odds as of September 5th at DraftKings. Use the latest DraftKings promo to bet on Adesanya vs Strickland at UFC 293.
Adesanya vs Strickland Prediction
The “Last StyleBender” Israel Adesanya once again enters the Octagon as the top dog in the middleweight division. After a huge knockout victory over his nemesis Alex Pereira, UFC 293’s main event feels like a bit of a letdown.
However, Izzy will have to stay razor sharp against the striking skills of Sean Strickland.
The 32-year old American is no slouch himself. A native of Riverside, California, Strickland has fought in the UFC for nearly a decade. Making his promotional debut way back at UFC 171, Strickland should not be taken lightly. He’s been in the cage with Kamaru Usman, Uriah Hall, and Alex Pereira while sporting a 14-5 record in the Octagon.
Sean Strickland is a deceptively sound defensive boxer. He’s also been notoriously tough to put away in his career, with only 2 losses by stoppage. While the sportsbooks aren’t giving Strickland much of a chance in this bout, he’s not about to lay down. Strickland will be determined to prove he deserved this title shot, and has the cardio to be a real factor deep into the championship rounds.
We all know Adesanya is a fantastic kickboxer, with the ability to finish the fight with even the slightest moment’s opportunity. That being said, he likely won’t come out as aggressively as he did against Alex Pereira. Incredibly, Adesanya became the very first fighter in UFC history to regain the middleweight strap. He’ll be steadfast in his approach to keep the title at UFC 293.
Bet on Israel Adesanya to cruise to a unanimous decision victory in UFC 293’s main event.
Adesanya vs Strickland Predictions: Israel Adesanya by decision (+110)
Tuivasa vs Volkov Prediction
Fans are in for a treat as UFC 293’s co-main event is sure to provide fireworks. Whenever two large heavyweights set foot in the Octagon, one is likely about to get knocked out.
An explosive heavyweight Tai Tuivasa’s style is more or less knockout or bust.”Bam Bam” knocked out Grey Hardy, Augusto Sakai, and Derrick Lewis, before losing to Ciryl Gane and most recently Sergei Pavlovich. Don’t expect this bout to reach the scorecards, as Tuivasa’s last bout to go all three rounds came way back at UFC 238.
Alexander Volkov is one of the most underrated and under appreciated heavyweights on the UFC roster. While his technical striking can look a bit lumbered and slow at times, he has kickboxing ability to mix up his strikes. Volkov’s ability to change levels and keep Tuivasa off balance could be the difference in this one.
Don’t blink or you’ll this explosive heavyweight matchup! We’ll lean towards the more technically sound striker in UFC 293’s co-main event.
Tuivasa vs Volkov Pick: Alexander Volkov to win (-250)
Other UFC 293 Picks
- Austen Lane to defeat Justin Tafa (+180)
- Manel Kape over Felipe dos Santos (-395)
- Lane, Kape, and Alexander Volkov parlay (+391)