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Morning Report: Sean Strickland claims ‘Canada threatened to tug me’ from UFC 297, teases transfer to boxing

Sean Strickland has had quite the mentality shift since his title loss to Dricus Du Plessis at UFC 297 in January. “Tarzan” has been a consummate company man since he returned to action as a middleweight in 2020. The time away was a turning point of sorts for Strickland, who was a pretty well-mannered and

Morning Report: Sean Strickland claims ‘Canada threatened to tug me’ from UFC 297, teases transfer to boxing

Sean Strickland has had fairly the mentality shift since his title loss to Dricus Du Plessis at UFC 297 in January.

“Tarzan” has been a consummate firm man since he returned to motion as a middleweight in 2020. The time away was a turning level of types for Strickland, who was a reasonably well-mannered and quiet welterweight prospect earlier than his near-death motorbike accident in 2018. He’s been open to preventing allcomers as a 185-pound contender and now-former champion. Nevertheless, Strickland, 33, is sustaining his stance on what he desires subsequent.

The break up resolution loss to Du Plessis is one Strickland is adamant he ought to have received. Due to his outspoken character, the 34-fight veteran (28-6) believes he’s being silenced, or phased out, of the highlight now that he now not holds the title.

“The UFC followers need me and Dricus to settle it,” Strickland tweeted. “Dricus desires to settle it. Everyone knows I fought in a grimy liberal nation who f***** me. Dana [White] is aware of it. The UFC is aware of it.

“IF IT WAS ANYONE ELSE ON THE ROSTER THE REMATCH WOULD HAPPEN! Do the appropriate factor, UFC.”

Strickland adopted up his feedback, going so far as to say Canada — the place the combat was held in Toronto, Ontario — tried to cancel UFC 297’s major occasion. Whereas Strickland’s media day look throughout that combat week proved controversial, as is usually the case with him, it didn’t result in any adjustments.

On the pre-fight press convention the day after, and on combat night time, Strickland nonetheless acquired loads of cheers from the Toronto devoted.

“No, man, it’s a reality… Belief me…” Strickland replied when a Twitter person mentioned no rematch with Du Plessis would show he was robbed on goal. “Canada completely hated me and threatened to tug me.

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“You understand, man, I’m not climbing that f****** ladder once more….. If that isn’t it for me, [I don’t know], boxing… Go make hundreds of thousands beating up Jake Paul lmao (laughing my ass off).”

The nation bias principle has been an fascinating one all through MMA historical past however is usually irrelevant relating to the most important occasions within the sport. As a rule, veteran judges journey from nation to nation and work these pivotal matchups irrespective of the situation, as was the case with Strickland vs. Du Plessis. Sal D’Amato, Eric Colon, and Derek Cleary are three of probably the most tenured judges in MMA and had been assigned the middleweight tilt.

Boxing is an fascinating idea for Strickland’s preventing future, however received’t occur anytime quickly except he can get out of his UFC contract. Going off of his suspicions alone, you’d should assume there’s even much less of an opportunity of that occuring than there usually can be.

Ultimately, Strickland signed off from his admitted criticism session in the one vogue he is aware of how.

“Alright y’all! I’m completed b****ing!” Strickland tweeted an hour later. “Thanks for rolling with me even once I’m performing like a lady venting! Hope you’re at residence with a sizzling lady, surrounded by weapons and meat.

“In the event you don’t have both of these decide on an unpleasant lady however no compromise on the weapons!!!”


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FINAL THOUGHTS

I didn’t understand till I made in the present day’s ballot precisely how most of the present middleweight Prime 10 that Strickland has already fought. Fairly loopy to see.

Completely satisfied Friday, everybody. Benefit from the weekend, and we’ll see you Monday. Thanks for studying!


EXIT POLL

Ballot

Who do you count on Sean Strickland to combat subsequent?

This ballot is closed

  • 22%
    Dricus Du Plessis 2

    (77 votes)

  • 5%
    Israel Adesanya 2

    (17 votes)

  • 6%
    Jared Cannonier 2

    (23 votes)

  • 28%
  • 6%
    Marvin Vettori

    (22 votes)

  • 2%
    Brendan Allen 2

    (9 votes)

  • 0%
    Nassourdine Imavov 2

    (1 vote)

  • 2%
    Kamaru Usman 2

    (10 votes)

  • 11%
    Robert Whittaker vs. Khamzat Chimaev winner

    (38 votes)

  • 8%
    Robert Whittaker vs. Khamzat Chimaev loser

    (30 votes)

  • 3%
    Different (Remark under)

    (13 votes)



335 votes whole

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