Sean ‘Tarzan’ Strickland recalled his clash with the ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ Kamaru Usman which had him shaken for quite a lot of time. This bout took place on April 8, 2017, when neither of the fighters was well-known. In the second-to-last fight on the Preliminary Card, Kamaru Usman met Sean Strickland. Unexpectedly Usman completely controlled the whole bout.
‘Tarzan’ only landed 30 of 108 significant strikes, whilst Usman landed 117 of 200! ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ also tried eight takedowns, two of which were successful. Strickland, on the other hand, was unable to even try one. Judges scored the bout 30-27, 30-26, and 30-26 in favor of the former UFC champion. Hearing about Strickland’s condition throughout the fight, it makes a lot greater sense why he was so easily dominated!
Not a long time ago, Sean spoke about the fight and recounted the disaster it was for him. He mentioned in his statement that when he fought Usman he tried a couple of armbars triangles but he(Usman) kept bouncing off his head. Sean had been in the ring with Usman till the end and it went the wrong way for him.
In a recent interview with The Schmo, Sean stated, “He Was Bouncing My Head off the Mat.” Sean also said he had never experienced such a level of misery in any of the fights ever and would not wear that thing again in his life.
Sean Strickland will face Abus Magomedov at UFC Vegas 76
On Saturday, the UFC heads to Las Vegas for a Fight Night, headlined by Sean Strickland and Abus Magomedov. Strickland has a career record of 26-5 and is 1-2 in his past three fights (Via- ESPN). His two losses were against division leaders Jared Cannonier and Alex Pereira, but he recently won a unanimous decision against Nassourdine Imavov. Magomedov, on the other hand, has a 25-4 professional record but has only fought once in the UFC. In his UFC debut, he took out Dustin Stoltzfus in the first round, although his lack of expertise for a main-event match is obvious.
Aside from statistics, Magomedov demonstrated his genuine talent in his promotional debut at UFC Paris last September. The 33-year-old went on to knock out Dustin Stoltzfus in 19 seconds, the fourth-quickest KO by a UFC newcomer in history.
Sean Strickland is coming off a very impressive decision win over Nassourdine Imavov earlier this year. Prior to being defeated by Alex Pereira in late July 2022, Strickland was on a six-fight winning streak. This could possibly lead him to a championship title match as well. Currently, Sean Strickland is ranked no.7 in the middleweight division. Fans were quite skeptical when heard about Strickland accepting the fight against an unranked contender.
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