Sean Strickland overcame sizable odds in Sydney, Australia as the underdog in his first career title fight.
UFC 293 still feels like a pipedream after Strickland flipped the MMA world upside down. The brash Xtreme Couture product’s triumphant unanimous decision win over reigning two-time champion Israel Adesanya was the biggest upset in middleweight title fight history per oddsmakers, with Strickland cashing in as the +500 underdog.
Overall, Strickland’s odds register in the history books as a top 10 all-time upset and ties as No. 6 in title fights next to Rose Namajunas’ first-round knockout of Joanna Jedrzejczyk in 2017. Many fans and pundits throughout the community have labeled the win as the new biggest upset. Former Bellator and ONE Championship welterweight titlist Ben Askren was supremely impressed with “Tarzan’s” showing but still ranks it below the official No. 1 title fight upset of the +830 Holly Holm dethroning the -1400 bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey in 2015. The latter coincidentally also took place in Australia.
“I don’t think this one tops Holly Holm over Ronda Rousey as the biggest upset of all time and I think from a betting standpoint, that pencils also,” Askren said on Funky & The Champ. “I would look foolish, which happens sometimes, because I said, ‘I don’t see how Sean Strickland’s gonna win.’ Because I thought Sean Strickland was gonna what Sean Strickland did, which was try to walk him down and box him up. I thought there’s no way he’s gonna do that for 25 minutes without getting clipped. Because ‘Izzy’s’ got a lot of weapons. The fact that he would be able to do it for 25 minutes and not get clipped was so impressive.
“It was so impressive because ‘Izzy’s’ tricky, he’s fast, he has a lot of tools and Strickland shut everything down.”
Strickland wouldn’t have been as well prepared for his big moment if he wasn’t as active as he’s been since rejoining the middleweight division in 2020. The new champion has fought five times since July 2022, going 3-2 (28-5 overall, 15-5 in UFC). Strickland made it clear in his UFC 293 post-fight press conference that he’ll defend against whoever the promotion puts in front of him. Of the likeliest options, Strickland can expect his first title defense to be an immediate rematch with Adesanya, top-ranked contender Dricus Du Plessis, or the winner of UFC 294’s Paulo Costa vs. Khamzat Chimaev matchup next month.
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SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE
Champ don’t wanna fight then make an interim pic.twitter.com/RjwN2lvREx— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) September 13, 2023
Mickmaynard, offered me to fight this little New Zealand bitch— マネル・ケイプ Manel Kape (@ManelKape) September 13, 2023
Let’s see if he’s going to answer. You better bring your whole team to vegas .
It was a no brainer to have @DeeBegsMMA debut in Boston along with her @SBG_Ireland training parter and our first ever Irish champ @dannimccormack. #InvictaFC54 on Oct. 27th is going to be something special. pic.twitter.com/sKCfzJ7lL9— Invicta FC (@InvictaFights) September 13, 2023
As the fights get bigger, it’s normal for fighters to feel more pressure. But for me, the pressure around each fight is the same no matter what the circumstances are. I’m headlining my first main event on October 14th. There’s going to be more attention than I’ve ever gotten pic.twitter.com/tgdFJ4o5FI— Sodiq Yusuff (@Super_Sodiq) September 13, 2023
Time waits for No one…— KAMARU USMAN (@USMAN84kg) September 13, 2023
Here is a look at the custom championship belt for UFC Noche designed by Jacobo and María Ángeles.— Aaron Bronsteter (@aaronbronsteter) September 13, 2023
The detail on it is very intricate. pic.twitter.com/K4Fb9vOqKL
Let's get this straight. pic.twitter.com/lotJEoP35o— Beyond Kickboxing (@Beyond_Kick) September 13, 2023
I think Holland wins Saturday then fights izzy at 185— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) September 13, 2023
Brunson is out. I heard @robwhittakermma you want to fight by end of year ! Lets do it! November or December!— Roman Dolidze (@romandolidzeufc) September 14, 2023
Poster game always on point.
PPV now on sale ⚡️— RIZIN FF English (@rizin_English) September 14, 2023
#RIZIN back-to-back extravaganza
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He’s just everywhere.
As he would.
Volkanovski's BJJ coach Craig Jones leg locked a Sumo Wrestler pic.twitter.com/E5FgRBWFPH— Bloody Elbow (@BloodyElbow) September 13, 2023
Wtf is right.
Jihin Radzuan (8-3) vs. Jenelyn Olsim (6-4); ONE Fight Night 14, Sept. 29
Vugar Karamov (19-4) vs. Chihiro Suzuki (11-3); RIZIN Landmark 7, Nov. 4
Mehman Mamedov (6-6) vs. Justin Scoggins (15-6); RIZIN Landmark 7, Nov. 4
Patricky “Pitbull” Freire (25-11) vs. Alexander Shabliy (23-3); Bellator 301, Nov. 17
Well, looks like Bellator will keep on kicking, eh? 301 is off to a wonderful start.
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