Welcome to today’s edition of Sportskeeda’s daily MMA news digest, where we feature the biggest UFC updates and other stories from the world of mixed martial arts.
In today’s issue, we talk about Sean Strickland criticizing Ronda Rousey’s past comments, Henry Cejudo dismissing Dustin Poirier’s place in the pound-for-pound rankings, and more.
#3. Sean Strickland slams Ronda Rousey for ‘suicidal thoughts’ comment after Holly Holm loss
Ronda Rousey had her unblemished 12-0 MMA record derailed by an aggressive Holly Holm, who finished her with a second-round headbutt followed by punches.
During an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show after the loss, Rousey admitted to having had suicidal thoughts in the moments following the loss. However, her mind shifted at the sight of her husband, Travis Browne, and the thought of having a family with him.
Watch Rousey’s comments in the video below:
While suicide shouldn’t be laughed at, Sean Strickland thinks Rousey’s comments have done people with depression and other mental health issues a disservice.
Without words, the UFC middleweight expressed his disapproval of Rousey’s comments in his latest Instagram post:
“I don’t know when suicide became fucking cool… Depression is like cancer, it’s terminal. It’s like herpes. You might not have it , but you still fucking have that… And suicidal, for people who have it, it’s even worse… It’s not a passing thought because you lost a fight And I hate Ronda Rousey because that she used something so fucking edgy and serious as a strong “But I got over it. ” Which isn’t fucked up.
At the start of the video, Strickland warned his fans that he had spoken about the same subject on Brendan Schaub food truck notebooks recently. He also slammed shows like 13 reasons why to glorify suicide.
Watch the video below:
Strickland previously said he knew he made some pretty polarized comments on Schaub’s podcast, which has yet to be released.
#2. Josh Thomson is moved by the death of his father
Josh Thomson once missed his father’s call during training and it turned out to be the biggest regret of his life.
The former UFC fighter shared the incident on an episode of Weighing podcast recently:
“My only regret, and I don’t think I’ve ever told anyone – it’s just that there was one regret. It was the weekend my dad was away. It was a Thursday, which was my birthday he called me and I missed his call because I was working out and I looked at my phone while he was calling and I was like, ‘I’ll call back right after and I forgot .””
He also didn’t take the time to make the call over the weekend. Unfortunately, he was never able to speak to his father again before his death.
Not much is known about Thomson’s relationship with his father except that the fighter lived with him in Idaho, where he attended high school and competed in wrestling.
Here’s the full episode of Weighing In (Thomson’s comments are at 5:26):
#1 Why is Dustin Poirier on the UFC P4P rankings? -Henry Cejudo
Dustin Poirier is the only name in the top 10 of the UFC pound-for-pound rankings who is not a champion or has recently lost the belt to a challenger. Henry Cejudo strongly disagrees with this and blames the fans.
The former two-division UFC champion made his stance on the matter clear in a recent video on his YouTube channel:
“I don’t know why Poirier is pound for pound. I really don’t know. If I was a champion and had a belt… With all due respect to Poirier, there is no way to get guys that got knocked out and submitted and all that stuff on the pound for pound list. But anyway, you guys are. You are the fans.
The current P4P ranking on the official UFC website has featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski at the top of the list, followed by former lightweight king Charles Oliveira and recently dethroned former welterweight champion Kamaru Usman. Then come Francis Ngannou, Leon Edwards and Aljamain Sterling.
Dustin Poirier claims eighth place on the list, ranked ahead of flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo and light heavyweight titleholder Jiri Prochazka.