Streaking UFC middleweight contender, Sean Strickland has claimed that should upcoming UFC 277 opponent, Alex Pereira land clean on him during their July matchup – he may have to revert to wrestling with the Brazilian striking ace.
Strickland, undefeated in his last six straight Octagon outings, turned in a close split decision victory against Jack Hermansson at UFC Vegas 47 back in February, landing his second main event victory with the organization.
Linked with matchups opposite the likes of Paulo Costa, and former division champion, Luke Rockhold in the time since his win over Hermansson – Strickland has since booked a July matchup with the unranked recent promotional newcomer, Pereira for UFC 277 in a pivotal bout at 185lbs.
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For Pereira, the Sao Paulo striker has already made a big impression since making his Octagon debut back in November of last year at UFC 268 – stopping Andreas Michalidis with a second round flying knee in his Madison Square Garden promotional bow
Earlier this month, Pereira, a former GLORY Kickboxing middleweight and light heavyweight titleholder improved to 6-1 professionally since his transition to professional mixed martial arts, landing a unanimous decision win over fellow Brazilian, Bruno Silva at UFC Vegas 50.
Catapulted to his UFC 277 showdown with the #4 ranked, Strickland, Pereira’s striking appears to have caused some concern for the former already, who claimed he would utilize his wrestling if met with sharp striking offense from the Sao Paulo knockout artist.
“I do the f*cking man game, the f*cking man dance,” Sean Strickland said during a recent interview with The Schmo. “I’m not trying to take you down and put my c*ck in your face, or give you an aggressive hug. I’m trying to do the f*cking man dance.”
“That being said, if (Alex) Pereira hits me, I’m gonna take him down and f*cking dry hump him for f*cking 15 minutes,” Sean Strickland explained.