By Skip Charles in Vegas

The greatest upset in UFC middleweight title fight history belongs to Sean Strickland (28-5), who stunned the mixed martial arts world, as he claimed the 185-pound championship in a five-round decision over arguably the greatest middleweight of all time in Israel Adesanya. The middleweight title fight headlined UFC 293 inside Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney.

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Going into Saturday, the biggest upset in middleweight title fight history belonged to Michael Bisping, who famously knocked out Luke Rockhold in a short-notice fight in 2016. Strickland’s victory was far less probable, according to betting odds: He was a +500 underdog to Adesanya, making it the largest betting upset ever in a UFC middleweight title fight (Bisping was +400 against Rockhold).

And the way in which he did it — convincingly, over the course of five rounds — made it even more unbelievable.

“Am I f—ing dreaming?” asked Strickland, who earned 49-46 scores from all three judges. “Am I going to wake up? Somebody hit me. Literally, never in a million years did I think I was going to be here.

“Izzy is a bad mother f—er. You don’t fight a guy with that many highlight-reel KOs. The majority of my friends, he’s beat pretty easy. I was even kind of doubting myself at times.”

Adesanya was making the first defense of his second reign as middleweight champion. He regained the 185-pound belt in April with a knockout of Alex Pereira.

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