‘Absolutely Retarded Sport’- Sean Strickland Breaks Down Why He Hates the Sport of Boxing

Published 12/30/2021, 4:45 AM EST
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – MAY 12: Sean Strickland of the United States prepares to enter the Octagon before facing Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos of Brazil in their welterweight bout during the UFC 224 event at Jeunesse Arena on May 12, 2018 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC)


UFC middleweight Sean Strickland is one of the most outspoken fighters on the UFC’s roster today. ‘Tarzan’ made a name for himself by unabashedly speaking his mind and providing fans with entertaining interviews that have produced many soundbites. Not to mention, he is also known to share some fiery opinions on his Twitter handle and fans can’t seem to get enough.

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Strickland wrote, “Let me tell you why I absolutely hate boxing. I can go months with mma and take ZERO brain damage. I’m about to box for 25 minutes and even if I dominate I’m going to receive some brain damage. Absolutely retarded sport…”

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Thus far, there have been no fatalities in the UFC. However, the sport of boxing has produced some devastating injuries and fatalities. Moreover, the concussion protocol is regarded to be far more comprehensive in MMA as compared to boxing.

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What’s next for Sean Strickland?

Apart from his fiery takes, Sean Strickland is also an absolute savant when the cage door closes behind him. ‘Tarzan’ is known to be one of the most dedicated fighters in the gym and he spends a lot of time on the mat. He has trained with the likes of Francis Ngannou and believes he can beat any active middleweight on the roster.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 31: Sean Strickland reacts after his victory over Jack Marshman of Wales in a middleweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on October 31, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)|GettyImages

Strickland is primed to face Jack Hermansson next in a fight that could propel him into the title picture in 2022. ‘The Joker’ has bested some top middleweights, including Kelvin Gastelum, and he has quite the reputation on the ground. However, Sean Strickland has been a relentless force no matter where the fight ends up, leading to an exciting clash of styles.

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Given the kind of noise Strickland has made as of late, it’s not difficult to assume that he could be fast-tracked to a title shot. With a couple of statement-making wins under his belt, he could find himself standing across from the undisputed champion in Israel Adesanya.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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