UFC middleweight contender Sean Strickland is recovering from another lukewarm performance in the cage. Strickland dropped a split decision to Jared Cannonier over the weekend.
He released a statement slamming MMA judges after the fact.
UFC champions and rankings are filled with foreigners athletes. There are a total of 12 weight classes in the UFC, including the women’s divisions, with only one American champion. Aljamain Sterling is a Jamaican-American. He is the current UFC bantamweight champion.
There’s a number of prominent regions in the UFC rankings – one being Dagestan. Many Dagestani athletes possess an immense skill in sambo and wrestling and currently compete at the highest level of MMA.
Khabib Nurmagomedov’s career and popularity played a big role in inspiring many Dagestani athletes. Khabib’s protégé Islam Makhachev became the new UFC lightweight champion after defeating Charles Oliveira back in October. His cousin, Usman Nurmagomedov, became a Bellator MMA champion in November.
Seeing that situation, Sean Strickland shared his opinion on why foreign mixed martial artists outperform American athletes.
‘Tarzan’ discussed it during his appearance on ‘Straight Outta The Lair with Flex Lewis’.
“You see f***ing guys these days, you look at Americans, how many f***ing Americans do you see kicking ass? You don’t see many. You see a lot of these foreign motherf***ers that are like grinding to live in life…. And you have these f***ing Dagestanis that are wrestling f***ing bears. They don’t give a f**k about social justice.” Strickland said.
The 31-year-old also compared current American athletes to the old ones. He believes that those guys from the old days would put up a better fight.
“Ten years ago, like the old dogs, I mean they were f****ng tough. They weren’t great fighters. But they were tough and down. If you could take that mindset and you could put it back with the new generation’s skill and mix it, you would see a lot of American champions.” Strickland added.