UFC middleweight contender Sean Strickland has earned himself a status as MMA’s madman together with his wild social media posts and controversial sparring classes.
The 31-year-old, who is about to combat Alex Pereira this weekend at UFC 276, is on the cusp of incomes a shot at 185lb champion Israel Adesanya who headlines the cardboard this weekend towards Jared Cannonier.
‘Stylebender’ lately labelled Strickland a ‘rotten apple’ and claimed he would by no means spar with somebody like the person who he might properly face later this 12 months.
“I’ve seen his sparring footage and I’d by no means spar with an fool like that,” Adesanya mentioned forward of his fundamental occasion at UFC 276.
“I’ve harm folks in sparring earlier than and I’m similar to, ‘Oh, s***, my dangerous’.
“Or I’ll pull again with the physique shot or no matter, however I’ve seen what he does.
“I don’t like to harm folks regardless that that’s our job. I like to verify they arrive again the subsequent day to do their job and provides us work.
“He’s acquired many screws free, many screws free.”
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Though he’s a little bit of an oddball, Strickland is definitely properly revered by his teammates and lots of even take pleasure in sparring with him regardless of the dangerous press he will get.
The American goes 100 per cent in his coaching classes and calls for the identical from whomever he’s buying and selling blows with, particularly because the footage usually finally ends up on-line.
In February, Strickland was serving to former UFC light-heavyweight title challenger Dominick Reyes get again into combat form throughout a gruelling sparring session.
‘The Devastator’ giggled as Strickland trash-talked his means via observe and instructed him: “I’m right here to harm you and also you’re right here to play. I’m making an attempt to f****** put you down.”
It is probably not everybody’s cup of tea however having somebody like Strickland across the gymnasium at all times retains issues attention-grabbing and his teammates on their toes.
As you’d anticipate, the charismatic fighter’s sparring classes don’t at all times run easily, as evidenced by his interplay with BJJ champion Orlando Sanchez final June.
Through the session, Sanchez locked up Strickland’s arm and the UFC star screamed in ache and accused the submission specialist of utilizing a ‘soiled transfer’.
‘Tarzan’ threw a spinning backfist to his opponent’s head earlier than unleashing a entrance kick to the physique in response.
All through the clip, Sanchez insisted he didn’t do something malicious, however Strickland wasn’t having it and in the end walked out of the gymnasium in anger.
Strickland posted his most controversial sparring session on social media earlier this 12 months with the caption: ‘This was consensual. Don’t ban me Instagram.’
The video reveals Strickland throwing a sequence of highly effective photographs at his coaching accomplice who seems exhausted and is simply making an attempt to outlive the onslaught.
Finally, the UFC stand-out throws and lands a excessive kick that knocks his opponent out chilly.
The unknown man falls via the ropes and others within the gymnasium soar into the ring to verify on their stricken teammate.
After posting the footage on-line, Strickland acquired a ton of flack for 2 causes.
Firstly, many fighters and followers didn’t like the truth that he was actively making an attempt to knock out his coaching accomplice when sparring is supposed to be a studying expertise.
Secondly, everybody has dangerous days in sparring. To some it’s towards code to share coaching tales publicly, so Strickland went means over the road when he blasted out the video of one in every of his good days for the world to see.
Like him or detest him, it seems Strickland is right here to remain and he’s probably simply a few fights away from being the undisputed UFC middleweight champion.