Sean Strickland called ‘idiot’ by Israel Adesanya

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Israel Adesanya doesn’t interact with his sparring partners like Sean Strickland does.

On his Clips Freestylebender on YouTube, Adesanya had a chat with reigning UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski.

As the reigning UFC champions discussed the differing perceptions of training partner protocols among fighters, Adesanya said:

“Sean Strickland, he’s a bad motherfucker. Like literally bad, a rotten apple. But I like the guy. He’s funny and he likes to talk shit too. His standup, I’ve seen him do more damage on YouTube in sparring than in his fights, in other words. I’ve seen his sparring footage and I would never train with an idiot like that. I’ve hurt people in sparring before. [sic]

Adesanya affirmed his belief in never hurting your sparring partners and training in a safe and effective manner. He continued:

“I’m just like, ‘oh shit, my bad,’ or I’m gonna walk away like with a body shot or whatever. But I’ve seen what he does. I’m just like and he talks about shit… I don’t like hurting people even if it’s our job. But I like making sure they can come back the next day to do their job. Also to give me work because you have need your teammates… He has a lot of loose screws.” [sic]

Watch the video below:

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Adesanya and Strickland had a high-profile trash exchange at the UFC 276 press conference ahead of their respective bouts.

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Sean Strickland’s current situation

Strickland is currently the No. 7 ranked contender in the UFC middleweight division. He has an overall mixed martial arts record of 25 wins and 4 losses.

In his last fight, Sean Strickland was knocked out by Alex Pereira in the first round of their clash at UFC 276 on July 2.

Prior to this loss, Strickland was in the top five of the standings and had amassed a six-fight winning streak, beating Jack Hermansson, Uriah Hall, Krzystof Jotko, Brendan Allen, Jack Marshman and Nordine Taleb. He was teetering on the precipice of getting a title shot. A win over Pereira could have made him the next title challenger. As things have unfolded, it’s now Alex Pereira who will face “The Last Stylebender” for the middleweight throne at UFC 281 in November.


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