Sean Strickland Blames Judges For UFC Vegas 66 Loss: ‘Do You Ever Feel Bad For Robbing Guys’

"Tarzan" isn't happy with how the judges scored the bout.

Sean Strickland
Sean Strickland - Image via @strickland_mma_ Instagram
  • Sean Strickland blasted UFC Vegas 66 judges over his decision loss to Jared Cannonier
  • “Tarzan” said he outlanded “The Killa Gorilla” and suggested that he was robbed

Sean Strickland may have failed to secure the W over Jared Cannonier in their middleweight headliner at UFC Vegas 66, but he certainly didn’t fail to deliver his signature comments after the fight. “Tarzan” was furious about how the judges scored the bout and he let them know about it in a social media post.

A robbery?

In an Instagram video, Strickland, who lost to Cannonier via split decision, did not mince his words in lashing out at the judges and insinuated that he was robbed.

“I just want to ask a judge when you go back and look at the data do you ever feel bad for robbing guys because you don’t know a damn thing about fighting?? Hmmm anyways thank you everyone.. Coaches, fans and haters! Onto the next!!,” Strickland wrote in the caption.

On the other hand, “Tarzan” gave “The Killa Gorilla” props for his performance but he once again questioned how the judges ultimately came up with the decision when he clearly “landed way more” than Cannonier.

 “I’m a f*cking sore loser,” Strickland said in the video. “Hat’s off to Jared, but you have judges that don’t know how to f*cking do their job. You actually look at the scorecard and you look at the significant strikes and you look at how many times I wobbled him. You have experts in the field come up to me and say, ‘Yeah man, I don’t know how you lost that one. You landed way more. The scorecards should say it.’”

As it turned out, Strickland was right as he outlanded Cannonier in both total strikes (157 to 141) and significant strikes (152 to 141) landed. However, only one judge gave “Tarzan” the nod.

Moving on

In the end, Strickland vowed not to dwell on the upsetting loss and said he’s now moving on.

“Anyways, I’m going to shut the f*ck up now. Get off my soapbox,” he concluded. “Back to the drawing board. Onto the next one.”

Strickland has now lost two consecutive fights. He first ended his six-fight winning streak at UFC 276 when he got knocked out by now reigning UFC middleweight champion Alex Pereira in the first round. The 31-year-old is now at the seventh spot in the official rankings and would need to beat a top contender to get back in the division’s top five.

Published on December 18, 2022 at 10:21 am
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