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UFC 293 start time — Israel Adesanya vs. Sean Strickland: Live stream, PPV price, fight card, prelims, TV

Sean Strickland will try to shock the world on Saturday night when he takes on UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya in the main event of UFC 293. Strickland is a heavy underdog as he takes on one of the sport’s pound-for-pound best at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney.

Adesanya is on his second run as champion and making the first defense of the title since regaining it with a knockout of Alex Pereira. In his first run as champion, Adesanya successfully defended the title five times.

“He’s talking all this shit, but he should be grateful. I got him his first passport. I got him his first flight out of his country. I got him this big-money fight,” Adesanya said at the final press conference this week. “He tries to act like a tough guy, but there’s no danger with him. He’s that idiot at the back of the class who talks over you and talks loud just to get his point across.”

Elsewhere on the card, the co-main event sees native son Tai Tuivasa return against hard-hitting Russian heavyweight Alexander Volkov. Tuivasa enters on a two-fight losing skid, but he’s always game to produce fireworks, especially in front of his hometown fans in Australia. Plus, flyweight Manel Kape takes on debutant Felipe dos Santos. And Aussie stars Tyson Pedro and Justin Tafa are also back in action on the main card.

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Plus, flyweight Manel Kape takes on debutant Felipe dos Santos. Kape was expected to face Kai Kara-France in what was supposed to be a massive fight for the division’s title implications. But Kara-France suffered a knockout in training camp and decided to withdraw from the bout for his own health and safety. Now, Kape needs to take care of business in hopes of continuing to climb the ladder at 125 pounds.

CBS Sports will also have live coverage of the fight with round-by-round scoring and blow-by-blow updates to keep you up to date throughout the night.

Below is all the information you need to catch UFC 293 on Saturday night.

How to watch UFC 293 prelims

Date: Sept. 9 | Location: Qudos Bank Arena — Sydney, Australia 
8 p.m. ET (6 p.m. ET for early prelims)
Channel: ESPN News | Stream: fubo (Try for free)

How to watch UFC 293 main card

Date: Sept. 9  | Location: Qudos Bank Arena — Sydney, Australia 
10 p.m. ET
Stream: ESPN+ PPV | Price: $79.99

Now, here’s a look at the UFC 293 main fight card and betting odds.

UFC 293 main card, odds

Favorite Underdog Weightclass
Israel Adesanya (c) -650 Sean Strickland +460 Middleweight title
Alexander Volkov -250 Tai Tuivasa +205 Heavyweight
Manel Kape -380 Felipe dos Santos +300 Flyweights
Justin Tafa -220 Austen Lane +180 Heavyweights
Tyson Pedro -120 Anton Turkalj +100 Light heavyweights

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