UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya has expressed his readiness to face Sean Strickland at the Qudos Bank Arena after he finished his incredibly intense final training session ahead of the fight in Sydney, Australia on Saturday.
Their clash will serve as the headlining matchup of the UFC 293 pay-per-view with the event set to be broadcast live.
In a video posted to his official FREESTYLEBENDER YouTube channel on Monday, Adesanya showcased highlights from his final training session before his fight against Strickland. ‘The Last Stylebender’ and his teammates seemingly partook in a cardio session, primarily jogging and running outdoors.
Adesanya then performed a few resistance training exercises, mitt work, and grappling drills as well.
“I go to that place where I just push. That was definitely – not a struggle but a little battle on my head. Just gotta push. I’m f**king busy. Let’s go. So, yeah. We’re on. I’m f**king ready, bro,” the 34-year-old said.
In a recent interview with MMA journalist Aaron Bronsteter, Adesanya said that Strickland reminded him of the “idiots” he grew up with.
Adesanya has often spoken about clashing against bullies in his younger years. On that note, he alluded to Strickland’s history of making controversial socio-political statements and offending others with his behavior.
On the significance of a win, particularly a knockout victory over Strickland, Adesanya said, “Yes, this (a win against Strickland) is going to be one of them (more gratifying).
“I don’t like idiots, or bullies. He knows I’m going to f**k him up, but he’s still just trying to pretend he’s this big dog. And I’m like, ‘Alright, bet.’ He doesn’t have to respect me, or come in and bow down, nothing like that. But some of the things he’s saying, and he’s also questioning my character, like, bit*h you don’t know me.”