“We Gotta Rescue Roundtree”- Sean Strickland Unleashes His Dark Side After Khalil Rountree Snubs UFC Middleweight Star

Published 08/13/2023, 1:46 AM EDT

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If Sean Strickland does not like someone, he is going to make sure the whole world knows that! One of UFC’s most popular loudmouths, Strickland is never scared to call his foes. For a long time, ‘Tarzan’ has had an ongoing beef with fellow UFC fighter Khalil Rountree. It is clear that the two do not like each other, and neither one of them is holding back.

Recently, Rountree faced Chris Daukaus at UFC Vegas 78 and won the fight via a first-round TKO. In the post-fight press conference, the UFC fighter was asked about his problems with the next middleweight title challenger, Strickland. In response, Rountree had some bold things to say!

The recent back-and-forth between Sean Strickland and Khalil Rountree


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In a surprising response, Rountree bluntly refused to even acknowledge ‘Tarzan’! He stated that he does not know who Strickland is. “I don’t even know who that is dude. You guys keep asking me this name, I don’t even know this person,” he said.

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Ever ready to react, Strickland posted a few stories on his Instagram account, responding to this. In a cheeky response that fans always expect from the 32-year-old, ‘Tarzan’ called his rival a member of a “cult” named Choice Center.

“When you are level 100 at Choice Center tells you to not talk, you listen,” he wrote on in the Instagram story. This was not it, as the UFC 293 headliner shared some pictures from the ‘Choice Center’ leadership group’s Instagram page, and comically related it to Rountree.

You guys I am not messing with you. Choice center is a cult, we gotta rescue Roundtree,” Strickland wrote. “They forced someone to leave training to go with them. If I knew I would have stopped them,” he said in another story.

Sean Strickland’s latest controversial moves

Strickland and controversies have been together for years, and the bond seems like it will last forever. However, the UFC fighter might have taken things too far this time with his latest controversial move. Infamous for his bold opinions about the debate of gender equality, ‘Tarzan’ recently posed with the famous podcaster Pearl Davis.


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The two famous personalities were holding up a T-shirt that said – “Women shouldn’t vote”. In the caption, ‘Tarzan’ clarified his stance and said – “I think women should vote lmao….. but most men act like women and that’s the problem”.


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The social media post triggered a wide range of unfiltered reactions from his fans and his critics. What are your opinions after knowing about this highly controversial move? Let us know in the comments below.

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Sushant Sharma


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Sushant Sharma is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports who has a keen understanding of the complex commercial nature of the sport. With a degree in Commerce from a prestigious institute, Sushant has a unique perspective on the multi-million-dollar industry that surrounds the UFC. He is an avid fan of the sport and has been following it closely since 2016.
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Rupkamal Sarma