“The Guy F**king Paints His Nails” – Sean Strickland Saddened by Israel Adesanya’s Status as UFC Champion

Published 07/20/2022, 7:30 AM EDT
PERTH, AUSTRALIA – FEBRUARY 11: Israel Adesanya of Nigeria celebrates his victory over Rob Wilkinson of Australia in their middleweight bout during the UFC 221 event at Perth Arena on February 11, 2018 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Sean Strickland is known for his outspoken nature. While the fighter had a disappointing outing at UFC 276, Strickland hasn’t shied away from defeat. The 185-pound fighter, who continues to make bold claims, pointed out Israel Adesanya and said that it was sad that this is the caliber of champions today.

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In an interview with The Schmo, Strickland was questioned about many people feeling he got the better out of his verbal exchange against Israel Adesanya at UFC 276. To this, Strickland replied, “How do you not get the best of f*****g Izzy? The guy f*****g paints his nails.” 

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Strickland continued, “It’s sad, and this is what the UFC fans would agree with me. It is sad that he is the class of champion that we have. Genetically gifted, great fighter, but you know, it’s just sad that that’s the class of champion that we have these days.” 

However, Israel Adesanya and Sean Strickland had different results when they faced their opponents at UFC 276. While The Last Stylebender defended his belt against Jared Cannonier, Strickland tasted defeat.

Sean Strickland suffered a KO defeat to Alex Pereira at UFC 276

Sean Strickland has made his intentions of fighting Adesanya and winning the 185-pound championship clear. While he was on course towards a title shot, his loss at UFC 276 to Alex Pereira made him take a step back.

Initially, the fight was calm and patient as both fighters took their time to feel each other out, but it did not end that way. Pereira landed a left which saw Strickland stumble to the canvas. While the latter managed to get up, he was met with even more impactful punches. The referee (Jason Herzog) waved off the bout when Strickland fell to the canvas the second time.

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This loss against Pereira ended Strickland’s six-fight winning streak. The fighter had garnered momentum by securing convincing wins against the likes of Uriah Hall and Jack Hermansson, however, that momentum has now been disrupted.

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Regardless of what people think of Sean Strickland, the outspoken fighter is known to make comebacks when least expected. It will be interesting to see how Strickland bounces off this defeat against Pereira.

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Varun Bhat

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Varun Anand Bhat is an MMA writer at EssentiallySports. Not only does he train in MMA but he is also a certified judge, which gives him valuable insight while writing content. The fight between Conor Mcgregor & Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 was responsible for making him interested in the sport of MMA.

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