Sean Strickland
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Fighting Rockhold at UFC 268
MiddleweightUFC
August 4, 2021
Strickland will take on Luke Rockhold in a middleweight bout at UFC 268 on Nov. 6, Aaron Bronsteter of TSN.ca reports.
ANALYSIS
Strickland is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Uriah Hall in the main event of UFC on ESPN 28 on July 31. That was his fifth straight win and his ninth win in his last 11 bouts. Rockhold meanwhile has yet to fight since July of 2019 when he was knocked out by Jan Blachowicz.
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Cruises to main event win
MiddleweightUFC
July 31, 2021
Strickland defeated Uriah Hall via unanimous decision (50-44, 50-45, 49-46) at UFC on ESPN 28 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
This was the first real showcase of Strickland's UFC career, and he passed the test with flying colors. Fighting behind his jab, Strickland set the pace of the fight in the early going and kept it up through the entirety of the bout. Hall can really take a punch, and that's the only real reason this one lasted as long as it did. Strickland is technically sound, in addition to having legitimate power and stellar cardio. Strickland missed more than two years worth of action due to a motorcycle accident, but has since responded with four-straight wins since returning last October. Strickland still doesn't get the credit he deserves. Maybe this performance will help in that regard. He's won five in a row overall and is 9-2 in his past 11 bouts. Strickland is a likeable, genuine guy, and he's going to get a high-profile fight his next time out. He deserves it.
Bout moved to July 31 main event
MiddleweightUFC
June 4, 2021
Strickland's matchup with Uriah Hall at UFC 265 on August 7 has been rescheduled as the main event at UFC Fight Night on July 31, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
The middleweight matchup will also move to five rounds as the main event for the July 31 card. Strickland inked a multi-fight deal with UFC last week and has won three bouts since Halloween, with his last victory coming via unanimous decision over Krzysztof Jotko on May 1. Hall defeated Chris Weidman in April, though that fight lasted only 17 seconds before Weidman broke his leg on an low kick.
Signs multi-fight contract
MiddleweightUFC
May 28, 2021
Strickland signed a multi-fight deal with the UFC on Friday, Nolan King of USA Today reports.
ANALYSIS
There were no specifics mentioned on how many fights the contract was for, but Strickland will remain with the UFC for the near future. He's won each of his last three fights and is set to take on Uriah Hall at UFC 265 on August 7.
Another fight booked for August
MiddleweightUFC
May 14, 2021
Strickland will face Uriah Hall at UFC 265 on August 7, Farah Hannoun of MMA Junkie reports.
ANALYSIS
The announcement of Strickland's next fight comes just under two weeks after he defeated Krzysztof Jotko via unanimous decision at UFC on ESPN 23 on May 1. The 30-year-old has won three straight bouts since returning in October following a two-year layoff due to a motorcycle accident. His next opponent is on a four-fight win streak of his own and has won his last two via TKO. Both fighters have been extremely impressive in their recent runs which should make for an enticing matchup that sees one of their winning streaks come to an end.
Third win since Halloween
MiddleweightUFC
May 1, 2021
Strickland defeated Krzysztof Jotko via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
It was Strickland's third straight dominant victory dating back to Halloween. What's even more impressive is the fact those wins came on the heels of a two-year period in which Strickland was sidelined. Jotko attempted to use speed and footwork to throw Strickland off his game, but Sean simply continued to push forward and smash Jotko with both jabs and power shots. Strickland isn't particularly well known, but he's good. The thunder in his hands is entirely legitimate and he's durable, having been knocked out just once in his pro career. Strickland is going to get a quality opponent his next time out. Considering how active he likes to be, expect it to be sooner rather than later.