Sean Strickland had quite a bit to say before facing Jared Cannonier and not much of it consisted of combat sports.
UFC Vegas 66 is the final UFC card of 2022. They are closing out the year with a big middleweight main event between Jared Cannonier and Sean Strickland. With a new champion in place in Alex Pereira, both men are looking to carve their way back into the title picture with a big victory on December 17. However, before Strickland could get to that point, he sat for his media day interview in a session that was wilder than any time he’s spent in the Octagon.
Strickland has never been one to shy away from saying what’s on his mind. For better or worse, everyone within earshot will learn exactly what’s on his mind whenever a microphone or camera is in his face. The UFC Vegas 66 media day interview was no different, as he had quite a slew of one-liners for those in attendance.
Strickland started with a history lesson on relations between America and Europe, specifically using Paddy Pimblett as a talking point.
“I make the [expletive] press conferences. Look at Paddy, the Conor McGregor wannabe. You don’t want to see that [expletive] guy. With his [expletive] little bowl cut. You can’t relate to that [expletive] guy, that English little [expletive] prick,” Strickland said, then asked the interviewer “Are you English? How does it feel to live in a surveillance state?”
After a diatribe about interpersonal relationships between two members of the LGBTQ community, Strickland then turned his attention to former middleweight champion, Israel Adesanya.
“I mean, you know he’s another [expletive] foreigner. If he was a real man, it would have been a gun,” Strickland said. “You probably can’t even own knives in his [expletive] country.”
Sean Strickland knows what is wrong with America
Strickland wasn’t done with his geopolitical lesson for the media though. When asked about which country was the freest, he gave his true thoughts about what is wrong with America.
“You disappoint me in a lot of aspects America,” Strickland said. “I don’t want to go too deep in the weeds, I love America. But something happened with America. We went from smoking cigarettes and riding horses to a bunch of [expletives]. America isn’t America. America is really dropping the ball lately, it’s more akin to Communist China. Let’s start the revolution.”
Sex workers and their profession? Yes, Strickland had something to say about that too.
“Us [fighters] versus let’s say porn stars, what’s the difference?” Strickland said. “We diet. We get skinny. We wear tight outfits. We take our clothes off and we fight in front of thousands of people. I love my job, but I’m a prostitute. I’m not disillusioned with who I am.”
Not even the James Krause betting scandal was off-limits to Strickland.
“Depending on the odds you might call me ‘Krause Strickland. Is that guy still banned from the UFC,” Strickland said. “I should start betting; I have some good insight.”
Strickland kept the room light and filled with chuckles during the media day, but he has a tough challenge ahead of him as he looks to rebound from the knockout defeat he suffered at the hands of Alex Pereira.