Sean Strickland demanded a shot at UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya on Saturday, after securing a formidable stoppage win over Abus Magomedov.
Strickland, 32, has received eight of his final 10 fights, bouncing again from consecutive losses final yr to outpoint Nassourdine Imavov in January and beat Magomedov by way of TKO this weekend.
The American, who has made numerous controversial feedback previously – together with saying he can be ‘very blissful’ to kill an opponent within the ring – used his post-fight press convention on Saturday to passionately name for a title fight.
“It must occur,” Strickland mentioned after profitable his Fight Night time predominant occasion with Magomedov in Spherical 2. “We all know [Adesanya] is on f***ing repeat. That is what the UFC mentioned: ‘The middleweight division’s stagnant, let’s get Abus in right here, he would possibly beat Sean.’
“And I’m like, ‘Yeah proper, motherf*****! Wait till you see what occurs!’ Each time they attempt to deliver new blood… The French man [Imavov] I fought earlier than, I despatched him residence. This man, I despatched him again. Each time they attempt to deliver new blood in, I ship them again. Give me the f***ing title [shot], I earned it.
“I paid my dues. Give me that s***. I would like the f***ing title. Don’t run me round. I took Imavov on three days’ discover.”
Adesanya is presently with out a fight however is anticipated to defend his title in opposition to the winner of Robert Whittaker vs Dricus Du Plessis, which takes place on 8 July. Adesanya has not fought Du Plessis earlier than, however he has overwhelmed Whittaker twice.
The Nigerian-New Zealander knocked out Whittaker in 2019 to win the title, earlier than outpointing the Australian final yr to retain the belt. Adesanya, 33, then misplaced the title to Alex Pereira by way of TKO in November, however he avenged that defeat by knocking out his previous rival in April.
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