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VIDEO: Israel Adesanya, Tai Tuivasa, and other UFC fighters participate in a unique smoking ritual to kick off fight week for UFC 293


UFC 293 has begun in Sydney, Australia, with competitors from all across the Oceania region, including Israel Adesanya and his teammates. Fans are certain that “The Last Stylebender,” Sean Strickland, who is known for his filthy language and trash talking, will turn the pre-fight news conference into a show stopping event. Strickland is the next opponent for “The Last Stylebender.”

In the meanwhile, a heavyweight fight between Tai Tuivasa and Alexander Volkov is scheduled to take place as the co-main event. After UFC 284, which took place in February, the promotion will return to Australia for the first time since November 2017 when it comes to Sydney for UFC 293. In recognition of this, a unique smoke ceremony was held to welcome the Oceanic combatants that participated in the tournament.

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Israel Adesanya was seen standing in what seemed to be a park with his fellow combatants as an older man was playing a didjeridu and smoke was billowing out of a burning pail. Fans were under the impression that the main event would include a fight between ‘The Last Stylebender’ and another opponent; however, this has turned out not to be the case.

The Nigerian-New Zealander was scheduled to face off against Dricus du Plessis in a rematch of their last dispute. However, the South African fighter recently suffered an ailment that required him to push back the scheduled date of his middleweight meeting with Adesanya. This meant that the South African fighter declined an opportunity that would have provided him with a speedy turnaround.

Sean Strickland, who has his own history with Israel Adesanya, came in to take his position when he was eliminated. However, in the event that ‘Tarzan’ pulls out of the fight, the UFC has secured the services of Jared Cannonier as a backup fighter. This news has been met with a variety of responses from fans, as many are not in the least bit excited to watch him compete.

When was the last time Israel Adesanya fought in Sydney, Australia?

Israel Adesanya, the reigning UFC middleweight champion, has not competed in Australia since his victory over Robert Whittaker at UFC 243. That victory gave him his first undisputed championship and made him the champion of his division. Fans may be surprised to learn that ‘The Last Stylebender’ has never competed in a fight in the city of Sydney.

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Every fight that he has ever fought in Australia has taken place in either the city of Melbourne or the city of Perth. The fact that he will finally be competing in the nation’s most populated city makes the event a momentous one, and Adesanya will be looking to add to his perfect record on Australian territory, since he has never been defeated when competing in a bout on that continent.

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