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Sean Strickland’s coach: UFC thought-about Khamzat Chimaev matchup earlier than Paulo Costa reserving

Strickland’s coach reveals failed Chimaev booking Sean Strickland had options after losing the UFC middleweight title but wound up with Paulo Costa. Strickland (28-6 MMA, 15-6 UFC) takes on Costa (14-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC) in the UFC 302 co-main event June 1 at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. But before the Costa match became official

Sean Strickland’s coach: UFC thought-about Khamzat Chimaev matchup earlier than Paulo Costa reserving

Strickland’s coach reveals failed Chimaev reserving

Sean Strickland had choices after shedding the UFC middleweight title however wound up with Paulo Costa.

Strickland (28-6 MMA, 15-6 UFC) takes on Costa (14-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC) within the UFC 302 co-main occasion June 1 at Prudential Middle in Newark, N.J. However earlier than the Costa match grew to become official, Strickland’s head coach, Eric Nicksick of Xtreme Couture, revealed the UFC brass talked about the opportunity of a showdown with Khamzat Chimaev (13-0 MMA, 7-0 UFC) earlier than he was booked towards Robert Whittaker at UFC on ABC 6.

“I do know they had been hoping for perhaps Khamzat, however I don’t assume Sean can journey to Saudi Arabia or one thing – I’m not 100% positive,” Nicksick stated in an interview with Sportskeeda. “However I do know Khamzat’s identify was presumably kicked round. Khamzat goes to be a giant attract Saudi, and that battle is extra about location than it was concerning the opponent, in my view.”

Strickland was campaigning for a rematch with middleweight champ Dricus Du Plessis (21-2 MMA, 7-0 UFC), who took his belt by split decision at UFC 297 in January.

Nicksick praised Du Plessis, and stated the South African really reciprocated curiosity in operating it again instantly, however the UFC had different plans.

“I bumped into Dricus, man. I talked to Dricus,” Nicksick stated. “Dricus is a category act, man. I actually get pleasure from having conversations with him. We talked concerning the battle, we talked about life, no matter, they usually stated that they had been asking for the rematch for Sean.

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“They had been attempting to get the rematch, they usually wished to go a unique route that’s most likely going to be Izzy (Adesanya), which isn’t any downside. I perceive what the UFC is attempting to do, however we have to give attention to Paulo Costa, we have to get that win, and I feel it places us proper again into title rivalry.”

As for the conflict with Costa, coach Nicksick predicts a late end by Strickland in what can be a five-round battle.

“I feel Sean can get him on the market by Spherical 4 or Spherical 5,” Nicksick stated.

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