LAS VEGAS – Sean Strickland is proud to be a “killer,” but on Saturday he went the distance in Las Vegas – and it bothers him.
In the UFC Fight Night 200 main event, Strickland (25-3 MMA, 12-3 UFC) defeated longtime contender Jack Hermansson (22-7 MMA, 9-5 UFC) by a split decision (49-46, 47-48, 49-46) to his winning streak to six. Strickland thinks he could have gotten a finish, but the pressure has gotten him rather upset.
“Do you know what it is, man? I let the pressure get the better of me, “Strickland told MMA Junkie at a news conference after the fight. “I knew I was better than him. You knew I was better than him. He was a guy I should have had, maybe not finished, but he should have been more bloody and confused after the fight. But he was not. It was because I took my foot off the gas. I just drove through that battle. I do not even think I tried so hard. I kind of sucked, but that’s what it’s. This is what you get when you ap * ssy. No bonus for me. ”
The header match was not Strickland’s first in promotion. By “pressure” he did not mean the attention of the media or fans, he said. He meant that the important people behind the scenes are pointing sensors about a potential title opportunity in the not-so-distant future.
“I have a lot of fancy f * ckers wearing suits, and they come up and talk to me about title fights and things like that,” Strickland said. “You hear it all the time and you start thinking, ‘Do I really want to run the risk of being knocked out when I can go for a title fight?’ So I let the fancy people in the suits throw me off a bit. But it will not happen again. “
Strickland said he is a company man and will turn around when matchmaker Mick Maynard calls him. Against whom? Will it be a title shot? Strickland gave his perception of the laying of the land.
“At the end of the day, if fucking ‘Izzy’ (Israel Adesanya) wins, man, unless (Jared) Cannonier wins, he’s run through the division. Let’s get fresh blood in. We do not want to see another repeat. Let’s let one white rubbish bin mother * cker take a crack at it. ”
Both Adesanya and Cannonier compete on next Saturday’s UFC 271 pay-per-view main card in Houston. Adesanya fights Robert Whittaker in the main event shortly after Cannonier fights Derek Brunson.