UFC’s Sean Strickland blasts D-Rod for not even training for UFC Charlotte

At UFC Charlotte, Daniel Rodriguez faced his second consecutive loss when Ian Garry executed a devastating head kick followed by a ground-and-pound TKO finish.

This defeat marked a significant setback for the 36-year-old, who had previously enjoyed a four win streak. Now, Rodriguez finds himself in a must-win scenario as he looks to regain momentum in his next Octagon appearance.

In the world of mixed martial arts, every person knows that training is the key to success.

However, according to Sean Strickland, Daniel Rodriguez failed to put in the necessary effort for his recent outing against Ian Garry.

Strickland’s comments on Twitter sparked controversy and raised questions about Rodriguez’s preparation.


Sean Strickland voiced his thoughts on Rodriguez’s loss against Garry.

Strickland contrasted his dedication with what he perceived as Rodriguez’s lack of genuine training for the bout.

Daniel Rodriguez made his UFC debut in February 2020 and quickly gained attention with a 3-1 record.

Following this promising start, he secured four consecutive wins, solidifying his status as a prospect. Unfortunately, his last two resulted in losses, placing him at a critical juncture in his career.

While Rodriguez faced disappointment, Ian Garry emerged victorious and is expected to replace Rodriguez as the number fifteen-ranked welterweight.

Garry boasts an undefeated professional MMA record of 12-0, with five wins in the Octagon.

The 25-year-old Irish star  has captivated the MMA community, quickly establishing himself as one of the most talked-about prospects in the UFC.

Strickland didn’t stop at criticizing Rodriguez’s training. He went further to claim that ‘D-Rod’ was solely motivated by financial gain and only cut weight to secure a paycheck.

In his follow-up tweet, Strickland clarified, “I’m not saying Garry isn’t good, I think he’s skilled… I just hear these announcers on YouTube ‘wow Rodriguez has never been put away like that.’ Rodriguez was paid to make weight, he didn’t train, he didn’t spar.”

Like Strickland, Rodriguez trains in Las Vegas. However while Strickland is a member of Xtreme Couture, Rodriguez is at Syndicate MMA. It’s likely Strickland heard about his lack of activity through word of mouth.