- Sean Strickland shared his honest take on Alex Pereira’s title fight loss to Israel Adesanya at UFC 287
- “Tarzan” thinks Izzy could be the middleweight GOAT but he wouldn’t be able to beat Robert Whittaker if they fight again
Sean Strickland is not surprised that Israel Adessanya knocked out Alex Pereira at UFC 287. However, he doesn’t think Izzy is the already the GOAT of the middleweight division as he believes Robert Whittaker will beat him soon.
Alex is big and “hittable”
Speaking to The Schmo, Strickland, who got knocked out by Pereira at UFC 276, insisted that though “Poatan” earned notoriety for hitting hard, the truth is that he is “hittable.” Moreover, “Tarzan” thinks Pereira is too big for a 185-pounder and should just move up to light heavyweight.
“Alex is very f**king hittable. No one ever said Alex isn’t hittable. If you watch me fight Alex, I hit the guy, I was hitting the guy there was blood coming down his face my d**k was getting hard and then I got knocked out by a big Brazilian. No one said you can’t hit Alex what we say about Alex is he hits really hard and when those [ __ ] punches connect you tend to not know what [ __ ] happened so I would like to see a rematch but I think Alex should go to 205 man, he’s a big motherf**ker. Life is miserable. You’ll be better at 205,” Strickland said.
Robert will beat Izzy
Once again, Adesanya proved that he is the best middleweight fighter in the UFC today. Some say he is already the greatest fighter to ever compete in the middleweight division but Strickland thinks Anderson Silva still holds that title.
Strickland added that Izzy is also the conversation but when he wouldn’t stand a chance when he faces Robert Whittaker for the third time.
“I’m gonna say Anderson Silva by far… I think Silva is the greatest middleweight to fight in the UFC for sure. I would say he’s up there but I mean again like I said, I think Whitaker beats him,” Strickland speculated.
A title shot or 205
Strickland is currently sitting at No. 7 in the official UFC middleweight rankings. He has won his last two fights but he knows a title fight with Adesanya is still farfetched.
It is yet to be known what’s next for “Tarzan” but if he never gets a crack at UFC gold, he won’t hesitate moving up to light heavyweight.
“Izzy’s obviously trying to pick a super easy fight with Dricus [Du Plessis] which I’m applauding you on that one but here’s the thing you guys, I don’t know if I ever see gold around my waist, I don’t give a f**k, I just want money in my pocket so if I got to go to 205 to fight somebody because there ain’t nobody at 85, I will walk my ass up to 205 and beat some big motherf**ker because at the end of the day, I’m in it to make money, I like to hurt people and here we are,” he concluded.
At the moment, Adesanya thinks a third fight with Pereira is not necessary and a potential title fight with No. 6 middleweight contender Dricus Du Plessis is gaining traction.