Alexander Volkanovski has grim outlook on Sean Strickland’s chances against Israel Adesanya

By Fernando Quiles - September 3, 2023

Alexander Volkanovski thinks Sean Strickland will be in for a world of hurt against Israel Adesanya.

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Adesanya is set to put his middleweight championship on the line against Strickland at UFC 293 on September 9. “The Last Stylebender” was expected to meet Dricus du Plessis in a grudge match at the pay-per-view. That plan couldn’t come to fruition, as du Plessis is recovering from an injury and was not going to be healed in time. As a result, Strickland got the call to meet “Izzy.”

Alexander Volkanovski Talks Israel Adesanya vs. Sean Strickland

UFC featherweight titleholder Alexander Volkanovski is a good friend and teammate of Adesanya. Taking to his YouTube channel, Volkanovski gave a prediction for the fight against Strickland (h/t Sportskeeda).

“Obviously Sean is gonna talk, Sean is gonna try and get under his skin,” Volkanovski said. “So that’s gonna make it fun. But I feel Izzy is going to really really put it on him. Especially with the talk that’s gonna happen. I think Sean Strickland is gonna definitely pay for some of the things he’s gonna say. Stylistically, I feel like he’s definitely gonna get hurt.”

Adesanya is known for his striking skills, but what about his ground game? Speaking to, the middleweight champion guaranteed he will nab a signature submission victory at some point.

“It’s coming. I promise you, it’s coming. I’m getting the neck from these motherf***ers. I’m taking their breath away, romantically. I can’t wait, it’s coming. You should see me in the gym, I’m nice with it, but I’m still learning. Under the lights, there is going to be a moment that I take a neck. I’m a purple belt by color but I still feel like a white belt.”

Could “Izzy” bust out his submission skills against Strickland? It won’t be long before we find out.


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