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UFC 293 Preview: Date, Time And How To Watch
Forbes Innovation Games UFC 293 Preview: Date, Time And How To Watch Brian Mazique Contributor Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. I cover combat sports and video games. Following Sep 6, 2023, 10:13pm EDT | Press play to listen to this article! Got it! Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 10: Israel Adesanya of New Zealand (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa ... [+] LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images) Zuffa LLC via Getty Images Israel Adesanya, one of the most magnetic champions in combat sports, is in action on Saturday, Sept. 9, in the main event of UFC 293. Adesanya will defend the UFC middleweight championship against outspoken American challenger Sean Strickland. The Nigerian-born Adesanya will be in his second home, New Zealand, for the bout, with the event taking place at the Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney Olympic Park, Australia. Another hometown favorite, Tai Tuivasa, will clash with perennial heavyweight title contender Alexander Volkov in the co-main event. Here are the complete date, time, and viewership details. Early Prelims - 6:30 pm - UFC Fight Pass Prelims - 8 pm - ESPN News or ESPN+ Main Card - 10 pm - ESPN+ PPV Here’s a look at the complete card. Main Card (c) Israel Adesanya vs. Sean Strickland - UFC Middleweight Championship Tai Tuivasa vs. Alexander Volkov - Heavyweight Manel Kape vs. Felipe dos Santos - Men’s Flyweight Justin Tafa vs. Austen Lane - Heavyweight Tyson Pedro vs. Anton Turkalj - Light Heavyweight Prelims Carlos Ulberg vs. Da Un Jung - Light Heavyweight Jack Jenkins vs. Chepe Mariscal - Featherweight Jamie Mullarkey vs. John Makdessi - Lightweight Nasrat Haqparast vs. Landon Quinones - Lightweight MORE FOR YOU iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Pro Release Date: Apple Suddenly Unveils Video Countdown iPhone 15 iPhone 15 Pro Release Problems Hit Apple s New iPhones New iPhone 15 Exclusive Exposes Surprise Apple Design Decision Early Prelims Mike “Blood” Diamond vs. Charlie Radtke - Welterweight Shane Young vs. Gabriel Miranda - Featherweight Kevin Jousset vs. Kiefer Crosbie - Welterweight Adesanya is coming off one of the defining wins of his combat sports career. The Stylebender avenged a loss in mixed martial arts and two defeats in kickboxing when he scored a KO victory over Alex Pereira in April 2023 at UFC 287. Adesanya regained his 185-pound title with the victory, but five months later, he will be defending his belt against Strickland. Riding a two-fight win streak, Strickland still comes into the fight as a +460 underdog, the biggest on the card, per CBS Sports . INGLEWOOD, CA - JUNE 04: Sean Strickland celebrates after defeating Tom Breese of England by split ... [+] decision in their welterweight bout during the UFC 199 event at The Forum on June 4, 2016 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images) Zuffa LLC via Getty Images This fight with Strickland comes ahead of what could be an even bigger bout against bitter rival Dricus Du Plessis. Adesanya will have to be sure not to look past Strickland as he undoubtedly has to have DDP in the back of his mind, considering the bitter trash talk the two have engaged in with each other. Strickland will likely be looking to expose any crack to avoid being picked apart by Adesanya. Expect the Arena to be on fire all night, with several local fighters competing throughout all three legs of the card. Stay tuned for a full event breakdown focusing on Adesanya-Strickland after the show. Follow me on Twitter . Check out my website . Brian Mazique Editorial Standards Print Reprints & Permissions
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Star Wars Director Says It's About Time A Woman Makes A Star Wars Movie
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Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Sharmeed Obaid-Chinoy is directing an upcoming Star Wars movie that brings back Daisy Ridley in the role of Rey. Obaid-Chinoy will become the first woman to direct a Star Wars film, dating back to the franchise's origins in the 1970s. Speaking about this, Obaid-Chinoy told CNN that she is "very thrilled" to make the movie and create something that is "very special.""We're in 2024 now, and I think it's about time we had a woman come forward to shape the story in a galaxy far, far away," she said.Obaid-Chinoy won Best Documentary, Short Subjects Academy Awards for Saving Face (2012) and A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness (2015).In 2020, Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy told the BBC that a woman would eventually direct a Star Wars movie, saying that would "absolutely" happen, "without question." Victoria Mahoney was a second unit director on The Rise of Skywalker, but a woman has never claimed a top directing credit on a Star Wars movie.On the TV side of things, The Mandalorian has featured a number of female directors, including Deborah Chow and Bryce Dallas Howard. Chow went on to direct the Obi-Wan TV series, too.Another high-profile franchise that has never had a female director is James Bond. Producer Barbara Broccoli and Skyfall director Sam Mendes have both said they want to see a woman direct a future 007 film.As for Obaid-Chinoy's Star Wars movie, little is known about it apart from the fact that Ridley will come back to play Rey. It is expected that this film will be the first of the three new Star Wars films to come to theaters, possibly releasing in December 2025.According to a report, Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight is writing the Rey movie, taking over for Damon Lindelof and Justin Britt-Gibson.
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NBA Names Clare Akamanzi CEO Of NBA Africa
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The NBA named Clare Akamanzi – an accomplished business executive and international trade and investment lawyer – as CEO of NBA Africa. Akamanzi will start her position on Jan. 23, 2024, and report to NBA Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer Mark Tatum. In this role, Akamanzi will oversee the NBA’s business and basketball development efforts in Africa and will be responsible for continuing to grow the popularity of basketball, the NBA and the Basketball Africa League (BAL) across the continent, including through grassroots basketball development, media distribution, corporate partnerships, and social responsibility initiatives that improve the livelihoods of African youth and families. For the last six and a half years, Akamanzi was CEO of Rwanda Development Board (RDB), where she spearheaded Rwanda’s economic development by enabling private sector growth. Under Akamanzi’s leadership, RDB implemented several business policy reforms and initiatives that led to significant investment and development for the country, including through partnerships with the BAL, Arsenal FC, Paris Saint-Germain FC, FC Bayern Munich and TIME Magazine, among others. “Clare’s business acumen, international experience and familiarity with basketball and the NBA make her the ideal executive to lead our business in Africa,” says Tatum. “NBA Africa and the Basketball Africa League are well-positioned for continued growth, and under Clare’s leadership we believe these initiatives will transform economies, communities and lives across the continent.” “I’ve seen firsthand how sports can positively impact businesses, families and communities in Africa, and the NBA and the BAL are a perfect example of that,” says Akamanzi. “The NBA has done an incredible job growing basketball and the economy around it across the continent, and I’m excited about the enormous opportunities ahead to build on that momentum.” Previously, Akamanzi was Chief Operating Officer of RDB and Head of Strategy and Policy Unit, Office of the President of the Republic of Rwanda. She has extensive international trade, business and diplomatic experience, having previously worked for the Rwandan Government at the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland and at the Rwandan Embassy in London, England. Akamanzi has worked or studied in seven different countries and holds an honorary LLD from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, in recognition of her work in Rwanda. She earned a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she was the recipient of three prestigious awards for academic excellence and distinguished contribution to the community: the Lucius N. Littauer Fellows Award, the Raymond & Josephine Vernon Award and the Robert Kennedy Public Service Award. In addition, Akamanzi holds a Master of Laws degree in international trade and investments from the University of Pretoria in South Africa, and a Bachelor of Laws degree from Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. Akamanzi has served on several company boards, including the World Health Organization (WHO) Foundation, ECOBANK and Aviation, Travel and Logistics (ATL) company. She was recognized by Forbes as one of Africa’s Top 50 Powerful Women in 2020.
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