Sean Strickland thinks it’s convenient that Khamzat Chimaev was given Kevin Holland at UFC 279.
Sean Strickland has never been known to hold back his thoughts. He is outspoken and that has gotten him in trouble in the past. When asked for his opinion on certain situations he is usually more than happy to oblige. With the events that went down this past weekend at UFC 279, with Khamzat Chimaev missing weight and then losing his fight with Nate Diaz for one with middleweight Kevin Holland, Strickland shared his thoughts.
In an interview with Helen Yee, Strickland shared his thoughts on the events that led to Chimaev vs. Holland. He feels that it was a convenient pairing that obviously benefited Chimaev.
“I mean like, was it staged, who knows? It looked like it was staged to me. You know I just think it’s ironic that you take the one guy who goes to welterweight and that he’s known for not wrestling,” he explained. “Kevin Holland is known not to know how to f–king wrestle and next thing you know, you give him the guy who is known for wrestling. How the f–k does that work?”
Strickland is sitting in the number seven spot in the UFC middleweight rankings and thinks that Chimaev could find success in that division. He thinks he should stay at welterweight however and fight Colby Covington next and then perhaps get a title shot. Strickland sees a better road to a title at welterweight for Chimaev, as he did for himself before he made the move to 185 pounds.
Sean Strickland gives an update on his hand injury
Strickland has title aspirations for himself as well. He had a date set with number two ranked Jared Cannonier but suffered a hand injury and the fight has been pushed back. Strickland explained that he cut his hand in training and infection set in. He had surgery on his hand and his opponent, Cannonier was accepting of the later date.
“I say this to the UFC, sometimes they get a little f–king anal all about pre-released fights, but we’re looking at December 17 At the Apex, five rounds. And by the way, Jared, you are a f–king gentleman, sir. You are a classy, classy motherf–ker. I appreciate you that you were understanding. You understood that I had surgery and you prolonged it. Or maybe you just think I’m an easy fight. You’re gonna f–k me up. Either way, Jared I appreciate you sir. You are a f–king gentleman,” he said.
Watch the entire interview here: