UFC 293: Israel Adesanya ready to 'expose' Sean Strickland

Israel Adesanya wants to knock out Sean Strickland and show the world who he really is.

by Aryan Lakhani
UFC 293: Israel Adesanya ready to 'expose' Sean Strickland
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Israel Adesanya seems to be confident in healthy measures ahead of his title defense against Sean Strickland. Adesanya was looking forward to fighting Dricus Du Plessis, but since it's not happening anymore, Adesanya will make Strickland pay for the frustration and bitter emotions trapped somewhere within him.

The middleweight clash is going to take place on the 9th of September at the Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney. If it wasn't for Du Plessis's injury, Strickland would have had to wait for a little longer to claim his position as the title challenger; this is Strickland's greatest opportunity to shine, and in almost two weeks' time, we will find out how well he makes use of the opportunity presented.

Israel Adesanya's thoughts on Sean Strickland

In a recent interview with MMA Junkie, Israel Adesanya spoke about his next title defense and revealed his intentions ahead of the match. "I don't care about what people think, even though, yes, people do think I'm going to blow through this guy," Adesanya said, as quoted by mmajunkie.usatoday.com.

Adesanya describes Sean Strickland: "Rightfully so. Cause I will. He's not an easy fight, but I'll just make it look easy. He's a hard fight, but I'll make it look easy. I've made a lot of hard men look easy. Easy work. This will be no different".

"Behind the scenes, when it's just me and him, I've been the locker room with him – I've been backstage – even last time I saw him in Vegas I smacked him in the ****, behind the scenes, then his public persona, people think he's this guy.

Adesanya further said: 'He's crazy.' Behind the scenes he's soft. I'm soft. I won't even call him soft. That's actually an insult to soft people". "I'm on a warpath, and I'm going to end this man, He's getting knocked out. He's getting knocked out in this fight.

I don't take him lightly because a man with everything to gain and nothing to lose is a very dangerous man".

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