UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya is gearing up to defend his title once again in the middleweight division. The Stylebender will be fighting on a familiar turf in Sydney, Australia and this time against a new face. Instead of lapping up the division and fighting the same contenders, Adesanya will be taking on Sean Strickland.
Strickland is currently ranked No.5 in the middleweight division and is coming off a two-fight winning streak. Tarzan is known for his skills on the mic and has verbally abused Adesanya many times in his interviews. Strickland often makes insensitive comments on several topics, which end up harming UFC’s reputation.
As such the UFC did not want to let Sean Strickland fight for the middleweight title. During his interview, Israel Adesanya stated that he had to push a lot for this fight to happen. He also added that he went against the decisions of the top brass in UFC to get Sean the opportunity to fight for the title.
“Like I said, he’s an idiot, and the UFC don’t want him embarrassing the company but yeah, that’s all I’ll say about that. He should really thank me for actually making him get the fight. I pushed for it, and I’m glad the UFC trusted me to listen to me,” said Adesanya.
With Dana White and UFC not providing Sean with the opportunity to fight for the title it may seem that they don’t want him as the champion. The organization even deleted Sean’s interviews for UFC 293 due to his antics on the mic.
Sean Strickland claims UFC deleted his interviews moments after recording
UFC middleweight fighter Sean Strickland is set to fight in the most important bout of his career. Tarzan will be fighting for the middleweight title against champion Israel Adesanya in Australia this weekend. While Strickland is quite infamous for his skills on the mic, he does tend to go overboard.
Sean is among the few controversial fighters in the UFC who does not hold back his thoughts. The No. 5 ranked middleweight can be seen saying outrageous stuff that ends up landing him in trouble. While Sean pays no heed to the backlash, the UFC tends to be concerned towards Strickland’s antics.
Just knocked out some great interviews with the UFC.. The moment I walked away….. DELETE LMAO! I tried
— Sean Strickland (@SStricklandMMA) September 5, 2023
Turns out the organization recently deleted Sean’s interviews for the upcoming event based on the same concern. “Just knocked out some great interviews with the UFC.. The moment I walked away….. DELETE LMAO! I tried,” tweeted Strickland.
While the actual reason for the removal of interviews is unknown, one can easily assume it could be due to Sean’s no-filter talks. Will UFC keep censoring Tarzan if he manages to pull the upset and become the champion? Let us know your opinions in the comments below.