All hell broke loose at the UFC 276 press conference on Thursday.
Both matchups are hot topics leading up to Saturday’s UFC 276 at T-Mobile Arena.
While booked against entirely different opponents, Sean Strickland and Israel Adesanya would battle each other on the mic. Strickland got onto the UFC Middleweight Champion’s bad side in the middle of the presser.
What Was Said
Here’s a bit of how the exchange went. (h/t: MMA Junkie)
Strickland: “I would say me, but that man was the one who slept that man. Next to me, next to me, probably Alex [Pereira],” Strickland said, when asked about who the best striker on stage was. “What was it? 2-0 against Izzy? What is it 2-0?”
Adesanya: “Did you watch the whole fight?”
Strickland: “No, I don’t watch fights.”
Adesanya: “Exactly, do your f*cking job next time.”
Strickland: “Oh, man. I made the champion mad with his f*cking frosted tips and his gay little watch. Oh no. I’m just joking. Izzy is a savage, bro. No doubt.”
Adesanya: “What happened before I walked on stage? I smacked you on the ass like my b*tch.”
Strickland: “Bro, your Pornhub is just filled with cartoons, bro. No man that beats off to cartoons is going to beat me. Calm down. Calm down.”
Adesanya: “I’ll tell you what. When you win this fight and when we fight, I’ll knock you out and do a TikTok dance over your grave.”
Strickland: “Oh, f*ck it. Look at this grown-ass man on f*cking TikTok. Maybe that’s the problem, bro. This guy is the champion. Bro, any day. Bro, I will walk outside with you right now. Right now. You want my number. Come on.”
Adesanya: “Do something about it, then. … I smacked you on your ass and what the f*ck did you do?”
Strickland: “Listen, bro. You’re going to break a f*cking nail. Calm down. Calm down.”
Adesanya: “I’ll break your f*cking face. I’ll break my nail on your face.”
Strickland: “Alex, get this man. Get this man.”
Adesanya: “You better focus on your guy. Otherwise, he’s going to f*ck you up, too.”
Strickland: “Not the way he slept your ass. Nah, but, no, no. Izzy is a solid guy. He’s a good guy. I don’t judge his cartoon porn addiction. I’m not going to be that guy.”
Adesanya: “It’s hentai. Get used to it. It’s hentai.”
Strickland: “It’s called hentai. I’m a grown-ass man. Calm down. I’m not watching cartoons.”
Adesanya: “I like him like the stepbrother I never wanted. Guess what? Focus on this guy. He’s a tough opponent. You focus on him as well.”
Strickland: “Hey, Izzy. Why don’t you tell me what not to do. Tell me what not to do, Izzy. What shouldn’t I do, take a f*cking nap?”
In the main event of UFC 276 on Saturday, Adesanya will face Cannonier, while Strickland will fight Pereira. In Dana White’s opinion, the winners of these two fights will likely face off for the middleweight title.
Who won this exchange between the controversial top contender and the UFC king?