Israel Adesanya names ‘the sleeper fight’ for Saturday’s UFC 290 event

By Susan Cox - July 6, 2023

UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya has shared his pick for ‘the sleeper fight’ of Saturday night’s UFC 290 event.

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UFC 290 takes place on Saturday, July 8th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Headlining the event will be the featherweight match-up between Alexander Volkanovski (25-2 MMA) and Yair Rodriguez (16-3 MMA). The co-main event will feature Brandon Moreno (21-6 MMA) taking on Alexandre Pantoja (25-5 MMA) in a flyweight bout.

Israel Adesanya is weighing in ahead of UFC 290, speaking on his ‘FREESTYLEBENDER’ YouTube channel he commented:

“Niko Price vs. Robbie Lawler…. Okay, that’s the sleeper fight, sleeper fight I’ll give that one. Voilence. He’s (Lawler) been there since the cage was, f**king, just after barenuckle. He was there years ago. He’s been there, left, came back, been around the block, been around the world.”

Continuing, Israel Adesanya said (h/t MMANews):

“He’s always brought violence. That’s the one thing, you’ve never ever seen a boring Lawler fight, no matter who he fights. Always violence…. I think it’s a good matchup.” 

Robbie Lawler (29-16 MMA) in what is being billed as his  retirement fight will set foot in the Octagon for the 26th time to battle Niko Price (15-6 MMA) this Saturday night.

Ruthless‘, 41, last fought over a year ago, at UFC 276, where Bryan Barberena (18-10 MMA) defeated him via TKO.

‘The Hybrid’, 33, will be entering the cage after being defeated by Philip Rowe (10-4 MMA) back in December of last year.

As for Israel Adesanya, 33, the middleweight champion is still celebrating his victory over Alex Pereira (7-2 MMA) this past April at UFC 287.

Will you be watching UFC 290? Do you agree with Adesanya that the Lawler vs. Price fight will be the one to watch?

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