UFC fighter Sean Strickland is making an observation about why he believes there is a lack of UFC champions from America these days.
UFC middleweight Sean Strickland has never been known to hold back his thoughts or opinions. He is very outspoken and often vulgar. He is now expressing his opinions on the UFC champion situation. Strickland believes he knows why fighters from outside the United States are fairing better in the UFC these days than American fighters.
In the UFC right now, there are 11 champions, with the light heavyweight title being vacant. Among those 11, only one, Aljamain Sterling represents the United States, although he also represents Jamaica as well. Strickland is looking at the worldly diversity amongst the champions as a slight to the way American fighters think and train.
Sean Strickland gives his opinion on the lack of American UFC champions and explains why
Strickland is coming off a loss in his last time out against Jared Cannonier. He was ranked seventh coming into that bout and could likely drop a bit in the loss. He is far from being a champion himself but has no problem criticizing his fellow American fighters.
“You see f–king guys these days, you look at Americans how many f–king Americans do you see kicking ass? You don’t see many,” he said via Flex Lewis on YouTube. “You see a lot of these foreign motherf–kers that are like grinding to live in life and you have these f–king Dagestanis that are like wrestling f–king bears. They don’t give a f–k about social justice, I’m not saying it’s right, but you go like 10 years ago with MMA guys like the old dogs. I mean, they were f–king tough. They weren’t great fighters, but they were just f–king tough and down, and if you could take that mindset and you could put it back with the new generation’s skill and mix it you would f–king see a lot more American champions.”
The UFC has always been a diverse organization. Right now there are UFC Champions from Brazil, England, Australia, Africa, and more. In the past, many divisions have seen American champions but the times are always changing. In contrast, in 2015 there were nine champions from the United States. Champions come and go and that is what makes MMA so interesting.