Sean Strickland provided his opinion on the ongoing debate between Dricus Du Plessis and Kamaru Usman.
Before his latest fight at UFC 285, Du Plessis claimed at the media day that he was more African than Usman. ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ was born in Nigeria before moving to North America at a young age. Meanwhile, ‘Stillknocks’ was born in South Africa and continues to live there.
As Usman prepares for his upcoming fight at UFC 286, he was asked about Du Plessis’ comments at the media day on Wednesday. The former UFC welterweight champion had this to say:
“I saw it, and I guess the thing about me is, I try not to be quick to jump on someone and really kill them for those things… I understand what he’s trying to say, but I think the one thing he’s failing to realize is, just because I go to China, and my parents are in China and I’m raised in China, that doesn’t make me more Chinese than people from China…”
Usman continued by saying:
“That doesn’t make me more Chinese, and so just because you went over to South Africa and you were raised there, that doesn’t make you African. So, I would say to him: Try to be a little bit more careful with what you say and how you say it.”
“Just because you went over to South Africa and you were raised there, it doesn't make you more African."
I asked Kamaru Usman about Dricus du Plessis' comments that he's "The African fighter in the UFC”
Here’s a snippet of his response, which is in full 👇🏾#UFC286 pic.twitter.com/2QMlXfjiCI
— Chisanga Malata (@Chisanga_Malata) March 15, 2023
Sean Strickland weighs in on the debate between Dricus Du Plessis and Kamaru Usman
The comment made by Dricus Du Plessis has become a controversial topic in the MMA community. Some people believe Du Plessis is right because Kamaru Usman spent most of his life in North America, while others think Usman is right because he was born in Nigeria. UFC middleweight Sean Strickland weighed in on Twitter by saying:
“You mother f*ckers aren’t going to like this but I think Dricus is more of an African than the entire African UFC roster living in America. By your logic if you’re not a pasty white guy then you’re not American. Mother f*cker is born and lives in Africa… idiots..”
Although Usman isn’t happy with what Du Plessis had to say, the former welterweight champion has more important things to worry about. On March 18, ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ looks to avenge his loss against Leon Edwards by regaining the 170-pound title in the UFC 286 main event, which goes down inside the O2 Arena in London, England.
You mother fuckers aren't going to like this but I think Dricus is more of an African than the entire African UFC roster living in America.
By your logic if you're not a pasty white guy then you're not American. Mother fucker is born and lives in Africa… idiots..
— Sean Strickland (@SStricklandMMA) March 16, 2023