‘Wrestling It’s a Coward Sport’- Sean Strickland Goes Off On MMA Fighters Who Prefer to Wrestle

Published 12/23/2021, 7:45 AM EST
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


UFC middleweight Sean Strickland is as wild as they come, be it in the cage or during interviews. He recently caught up with the Schmo who stopped by ExtremeCouture on Wednesday, which happens to be wrestling day at the gym. Strickland isn’t too pleased that he’s spending his time on the mat preparing for an upcoming fight against Jack Hermansson.

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‘Tarzan’ made sure to let everyone know his thoughts on wrestlers when talking to the Schmo. He absolutely laid into the wrestling fraternity and talked about how keeping the fight on the feet was the ‘manly’ thing to do. However, he went on to admit that if he was getting tagged on the feet by an opponent, he would happily switch to grappling.

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)

“Wrestling, it’s a coward sport man. You just gotta stand on your fu**ing feet and go out like a man. I say that but if you ever kick my ass I might try to take you down.”

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Additionally, Strickland also talked about how the gym was filled with division one wrestlers who would get him ready for the contest. While he believes their approach to the fight game is rooted in cowardice, he’s happy to receive their help to train for ‘The Joker’.

“We got like such a hardcore stable of D-1 guys I mean, a bunch of fu**ing cowards that spent their whole life trying to cuddle other men. The best thing about their cowardice is that they are helping me fight another one, another coward who likes to wrestle.”

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Will Strickland make a title run in 2022?

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Sean Strickland has become one of the most talked-about fighters over the last year. Apart from being relentless inside the cage, he’s also become quite a polarizing personality outside the octagon.

MONCTON, NB – OCTOBER 26: Sean Strickland poses on the scale during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in at Delta Hotels by Marriott Beausejour on October 26, 2018 in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

He is known for unabashedly speaking his mind and has said some rather controversial statements as of late. However, he is still someone the fans have gravitated towards and they’ll want to see how things shape up.

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Given a strong performance against Hermansson, he can put himself on the shortlist to make a massive splash.

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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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