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Sean Strickland knows UFC 276 is ‘purely just a ploy by the UFC’ to get Alex Pereira a title shot

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Sean Strickland hasn’t closed his eyes to the UFC’s intentions for his fight against Alex Pereira.

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Strickland is set to face the former GLORY dual weight kickboxing champion on Saturday at UFC 276. The controversial American has posted a perfect 5-0 record since moving up to 185 pounds and is currently ranked eighth in MMA Fighting’s rankings. middle weight. Pereira, on the other hand, holds just five victories in his entire MMA career, and enters the pay-per-view fight with just 2-0 in the UFC, with no wins against a ranked opponent.

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Despite this inexperience, UFC president Dana White has already made it clear that Pereira could be next in line for a title shot against the winner of Israel Adesanya vs. Jared Cannonier if he manages to get past Strickland, if only because of Pereira and Adesanya’s history. share starting from their kickboxing days. And it’s safe to say that Strickland understands exactly why the UFC chose him as the man to test Pereira at UFC 276.

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“If we knew anything about the UFC rankings, [they] mean nothing,” Strickland said at UFC 276 media day on Wednesday. “At the end of the day, it means nothing. He’s the one who knocked out Izzy, so here’s what you can do: you can make him go away, and then he’ll end up fighting a wrestler who will knock him down and beat him, and then they’ll never get hit by Izzy. , or they might say, “Hey, why doesn’t he fight Sean? Sean doesn’t like to fight. Maybe if [Pereira] beat him, then we can take him upstairs.”

“So this is literally just a UFC gimmick of pitting him against someone who likes to throw punches to potentially get hit by Izzy. So UFC, I applaud you, but I could fucking fight.”

The rivalry between Pereira and Adesanya has been on the UFC’s radar ever since Pereira made his debut with a knockout of Andreas Mihaidis in November 2021.

Pereira and Adesanya had fought twice before in kickboxing. In their first meeting in April 2016, the Brazilian defeated the future UFC champion by decision. A year later, Pereira knocked out Adesanya in a rematch in March 2017.

Still, even if Strickland knows his biggest advantage at UFC 276 will be on the mat, he’s not intimidated by the prospect of standing next to the former two-time GLORY champion.

“Here’s the thing, dude. Here, damn it. Let me tell you guys something. There isn’t a single fucking GLORY kickboxer in any fucking weight class that I can’t stand and punch with,” said Stickland. “So don’t fucking tell me just because you’re some big fucking Brazilian and you knocked out Izzy 20 years ago, which the hell I can’t stand.” with you.

“Come on, you bastard. Get out of here”.

At the same time, Strickland admitted that he is not afraid to speak out loud if things start to move quickly against Pereira at UFC 276 when the time comes.

“We’ll find out,” said Strickland. “I don’t really get into the game plan. I mean, obviously, if I go in there and he starts fucking hurting me, yes, I’m going to come out like a coward and try to fight.

“But hopefully I can stand and fuck this giant scary fucking Brazilian.”



Source: www.mmafighting.com

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