Sean Strickland Claims He Would Take A Misdemeanour To Punch ‘Smug, Cocky Motherf*cker’ Luke Rockhold

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.


Ross Markey

An MMA fan since 2011 and covering the sport since 2016, Ross Markey has built himself into a top journalist in combat sports.

First catching on to MMA and the UFC in particular back when Brock Lesnar fought Shane Carwin, and even more so when he fought Alistair Overeem back in 2011, Ross really became enchanted with the sport from late-2013-2014 onwards.

He initially began covering MMA in tandem with football back in June 2016 just as he was finishing school. The first real event he covered on his own personal blog was UFC 200 in July of that year during international fight week. His content consisted of previews and event and results recaps. In between jobs, Ross produced content on the side before transitioning to a full-time position back in early 2019.

He initially started creating content on his own blog back in June of 2016, before becoming a staff writer, lead writer, and editor for websites such as MMA Motion, Combat Insiders, Fight Bananas, FightPost, Severe MMA, MMA Power Hour, FightBook MMA, LowKick MMA, and of course, Current MMA.

Back in 2019, Ross received the award Top Journalist of 2019 for FightBook MMA, before he was then promoted to the website's lead writer. Following a six-month period at MMA Power Hour, he was also employed as a junior editor for the company. Throughout his time in the industry, he has interviewed the likes of Colby Covington, Rhys McKee, Pedro Carvalho, Felicia Spencer, Eryk Anders, Jussier Formiga, Danni Neilan, Frans Mlambo, Alex Lohore, Blaine O'Driscoll, Modestas Bukauskas, Ross Houston, Jon Fitch, and Richie Smullen.

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