Days before UFC 293 showdown, Israel Adesanya playfully trolls Sean Strickland with movie reference

In preparation for arguably the biggest fight of his career in three weeks, Sean Strickland is gearing up to face the current middleweight division champion. Prior to the upcoming bout, Strickland found himself in a lighthearted exchange with Israel Adesanya. This occurred when Sean posted a training video featuring himself and Alex Pereira.

Ahead of the fight, Tarzan has turned to Poatan for mentorship considering the Brazilian fighter’s experience against Adesanya in both kickboxing and MMA. Nevertheless, The Last Stylebender didn’t show any visible signs of concern regarding Strickland’s training under the former middleweight champion’s guidance.

Israel Adesanya mocks Strickland with Tropic Thunder quote

Known for his deep affection for anime and entertainment media in general, Adesanya has showcased his passion through various tattoos inspired by many media franchises. Intriguingly, in a playful attempt to taunt his upcoming opponent in the octagon, Izzy used a reference from the Hollywood film “Tropic Thunder.”

In the 2008 comedy-action film directed by Ben Stiller, featuring a cast of prominent Hollywood actors, including Robert Downey Jr., one memorable moment occurs when Downey’s character, Kirk Lazarus, delivers the famous line: “You went full r**ard man, never go full r**ard”.

In a post shared on X, Adesanya drew inspiration from the iconic line, trolling and conveying a strong message to Sean. The Nigerian fighter said, “This was actually really nice to watch. It’s a different feel when you know what’ll happen if you went full Strickland. You never go full Strickland.”

When will Adesanya vs. Strickland UFC 293 fight take place?

Scheduled for September 10th, UFC 293 is setting up the stage for a thrilling showdown as reigning UFC middleweight champion, Adesanya (24-2 MMA, 13-2 UFC), prepares to defend his title against Strickland (27-5 MMA, 14-5 UFC).

The event is set to be held at Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena, marking the second UFC event in Australia this year. Izzy’s most recent appearance in the octagon was a high-voltage rematch against his arch-nemesis, Alex Pereira in UFC 287 at Miami-Dade Arena in April.

Strickland has also been making waves in the middleweight division. The Californian fighter’s latest performance saw a commanding victory over Abus Magomedov at UFC Vegas 76. This impressive win demonstrated Strickland’s MMA prowess and earned him the opportunity for a shot at the title.

Do you think Sean Strickland will be able to put an end to Israel Adesanya’s title reign when they fight in UFC 293? Share your thoughts with us in the comment section.

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