Recently installed #8 ranked UFC middleweight contender, Sean Strickland has claimed that he would accept a misdemeanor charge to punch former undisputed middleweight champion, Luke Rockhold — whom he described as a “smug, cocky motherf*cker“.
Yesterday evening reports emerged detailing how the promotion had booked a middleweight bout between the returning former champion, Rockhold, and recent UFC Vegas 33 headliner, Strickland to UFC 268 which is scheduled to take place on November 6.
However, prior to the bout announcement, Strickland had responded to recent comments from Rockhold — claiming that he would accept a misdemeanor charge to punch Rockhold if he met him in the car park of the RVCA training facility after the former titleholder questioned Strickland’s fighting ability as called him “stupid”
“All these things might be true,” Strickland said in a video posted on his Instagram. “But I’ll tell you one thing. Me and you (Luke Rockhold) might never fight. I don’t care about fighting in the cage for ego reasons. I like to get paid at (sic) something I enjoy. But I’ll tell you f*cking one thing. You just can’t live in a radius of me and run your f*cking mouth and not expect for me to hit you in the face.“
“We don’t need to fight,” Strickland explained before the bout had been agreed upon. “That’s fine. But I’m going to run into you at RUCA (stylized as RVCA). I’m going to see you in the parking lot, and I’m going to walk up to you and smack you in the f*cking face. And you seem like the kind of p*ssy that runs his f*cking mouth and gets hit and then calls the cops. But you’re such a smug, cocky motherf*cker… I would probably take a misdemeanor charge just to smack you and watch your f*cking head bounce off the ground. So again, we don’t gotta fight. But don’t run your f*cking mouth, because I’m going to see you again, and I’m going to smack you in the f*cking face.” (H/T MMA Fighting)
Earlier this week, Strickland was criticized for claims he made following his UFC Vegas 33 unanimous decision win over Uriah Hall, in which he described how killing someone in the Octagon would make him “super happy“.
“If you like to f*cking hurt people, you’re in the right sport,” Strickland said. “I would love nothing more than to kill somebody in the ring. Nothing more. It would make me super happy. I would own that sh*t, too. I don’t know if it would make me liable, I might have to say I’m sorry if the cops came, but I would own that sh*t. Own it. Be a psychopath, it’s f*cking fun“.
Set to make his return for the first time since UFC 239 in July of 2019, Rockhold, a former Strikeforce middleweight champion to boot, last featured against current light heavyweight champion, Jan Blachowicz in his divisional bow, losing via a second round knockout.
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