“I’m Disqualifying Chimaev”- Sean Strickland Preferred Over Khamzat Chimaev, Dricus du Plessis and Robert Whittaker for Israel Adesanya’s Next Opponent

Published 07/05/2023, 2:22 PM EDT

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It is evident from the fans’ point of view who his next opponent for the middleweight championship will be. Israel Adesanya is once again in the top spot of the middleweight division. There are tonnes of fighters competing at once in the MMA globe, but there are some that believe there is only one to stand neck and neck against him.

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The former mixed martial artist and current MMA pundit Chael Sonnen also expressed his thoughts on Adesanya’s upcoming foe. Through the means of his YouTube channel, he brought on his potential analysis regarding Sean Strickland

Sonnen’s notions about Strickland

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When explaining why Sonnen thinks Strickland should be the next challenger for Adesanya, he didn’t take step back. While Comparing ‘Tarzan’ with the likes of Dricus du Plessis, Khamzat Chimaev, and Robert Whittaker, Sonnen hailed Strickland to have an edge over them. 

“To push forward Izzy’s next opponent you don’t have anywhere else to look other than Strickland in my mind. Now I’m disqualifying Chimaev because everything we have been told his other plans and a debut in the weight class before an ability to fight for the strap for Chimaev that’s everything we have been told.”

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The video makes what Sonnen thinks of Strickland blatantly evident as he spreads light on his notions.

Adesanya vs Strickland, a brief comparison

In the UFC middleweight category, Sean Strickland has shown himself to be capable competitor. He has tough chin, good hitting ability, and tenacious fighting style that can test opponents. Strickland has consistently performed well in the Octagon, and his recent victory over Abusipiyan Magomedov has drawn the attention of the fans and elevated his status within the division. Adesanya, on the contrary, is renowned for his technical mastery, striking prowess, and ability to deflect his opponent’s blows. It might be an interesting and challenging bout if Sean Strickland and Israel Adesanya ever square off.

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It’s crucial to remember that several elements affect matchmaking decisions, and the UFC matchmakers take variety of considerations into account when selecting pairings. As Sonnen clarified his thoughts on choosing the contender for Adesanya. The fans may have personal preferences and viewpoints regarding potential opponents and so may the champ himself.

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The UFC and the athletes themselves ultimately have the final say.But just as in any battle, number of variables, including the fighters’ performance on that particular day, strategy, and physical preparation would eventually determine the result.

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Akchhat Bachheti

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Akchhat is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports, showcasing his love for the game and unwavering commitment to it through his articles. His fascination with the sport began when CM Punk made his debut against Mickey Gall in 2016, sparking his enduring passion. Since then, Akchhat has aspired to provide a comprehensive understanding of the sport and its participants.
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