- Sean Strickland wants the UFC to grant him a title shot for his next fight
- “Tarzan” explained why he thinks he has done enough to earn it
Sean Strickland TKO’d Abus Magomedov at UFC Vegas 76 to improve his winning streak to back-to-back victories. He made it clear that he doesn’t care what people say about his latest opponent as the fact states that he beat the last two fighters the UFC put in front of him. And now, it’s time for him to demand a title shot.
There Shouldn’t be no Excuse
Speaking to the media in his post-fight press conference, Strickland claimed the UFC has matched him with new phenoms in the middleweight division but he sent them back to mediocre land. “Tarzan” believes that he has done his part and the UFC should now reward him with a crack at the title.
“F**k, man. It needs to happen, you guys,” Strickland told MMA Junkie and other reporters. “We know Izzy is on f**king repeat, dude. They try to bring Abus (in). This is what the UFC said, ‘Man, the middleweight division is stagnant. Let’s get Abus in here. He might beat Sean.’ And I’m like, ‘Yeah right, mother f**ker. Wait until you see what happens. Every time they’ve tried to bring new blood, (like) the Frenchie I fought before, I sent him home. This guy, I sent him back. Every time they try to bring new blood in, I send them back. Give me the f**king title. I earned it. I paid my dues. I’ve f**king paid my dues. Give me that s**t,” Strickland pointed out.
Sean Doesn’t Care who Holds the Belt
The winner of the Dricus du Plessis vs. Robert Whittaker title eliminator match at UFC 290 will be the next in line. Strickland thinks he would get a better chance of earning a title shot if Whittaker wins but regardless of how that fight plays out, he is certain he should fight for the title in his next match.
“One hundred percent, yeah, hundred percent! Even if Dricus f*cking (wins), I mean even If [Whittaker] he beats Dricus, sure, what the f**k ever. I’m a good sport, man. You beat Whittaker, sure, I’m a f*cking good sport. I f**king need it, dude. I want it. You guys, the fans, want it. You f*cking want it. Come on, you guys,” Strickland said.
Strickland is very unlikely to move up in the official UFC middleweight rankings. With the winner of Du Plessis vs. Whittaker already fighting for the title next, “Tarzan” could either wait or face a tougher contender.