Sean Strickland Hits Back At Sean O’Malley After Being Labelled A ‘Psychopath’

Sean StricklandUFC middleweight Sean Strickland fires back at Sean O’Malley after the rising bantamweight star labelled him a “psychopath”. It has been a regular occurrence seeing Sean Strickland’s name in the headlines. However, not always for his skill-set inside the Octagon, but his outlandish behaviour, which has caused concern from fellow athletes. Since his return to […]

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UFC middleweight Sean Strickland fires back at Sean O’Malley after the rising bantamweight star labelled him a “psychopath”.

It has been a regular occurrence seeing Sean Strickland’s name in the headlines. However, not always for his skill-set inside the Octagon, but his outlandish behaviour, which has caused concern from fellow athletes.

Since his return to competition in 2020, Strickland (24-3 MMA) has been on a tear in the division walking through all comers. The return has seen the thirty-year-old accumulate victories over Jack Marshman, Brendan Allen, Krzysztof Jotko and Uriah Hall.

Last month, Strickland was scheduled to face off with former middleweight champion Luke Rockhold at UFC 268. Unfortunately, Rockhold could not make the dance due to an injury, meaning Strickland wasn’t met with a replacement and was removed from the card.

Strickland’s next task in the Octagon will be Sweden’s Jack Hermansson, who is fresh off a wrestling match with Khamzat Chimaev. Although not scheduled to compete until next year, Strickland has continued to make headlines with rather alarming behaviour on social media. Strickland discussed his past as a Neo-Nazi, as well as releasing a video proposing he wanted “to do some weird sh*t” to UFC welterweight Belal Muhammad.

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The odd behaviour caught the attention of UFC bantamweight Sean O’Malley who is among the action in tonight’s UFC 269 event and discussed the issue on his podcast.

“Oh, I can’t get on the Sean Strickland card. I am scared that he might f*cking murder me. Like actually, I probably would not want to be around that dude. He kind of seems like a f*cking freak and psychopath. Like if he had a chance to kill someone, he probably would do it. So it’s like I wouldn’t even want to fight on that motherf*cker’s card. He’d be like: ‘I cannot have two Seans on this card’” O’Malley said.

Strickland latched on to O’Malley’s comments and fired back on Twitter.

“@SugaSeanMMA woke up one day and said “you know that guy who snitched on all his friends, did something shady with minor, yeah that guy I want him to tattoo his name on me” lol!! You know @SugaSeanMMA walks around holding his pocket lol!!!!” – Sean Strickland tweeted at Sean O’Malley.

What do you make of the beef between Sean Strickland and Sean O’Malley?

YouTuber Left In ‘Crippling Pain’ After Taking Liver Kick From Ex-Champion Luke Rockhold

Luke RockholdYouTuber, Houston Jones has claimed he suffered “crippling pain” after he took a series of body round kicks from former UFC and Strikeforce champion, Luke Rockhold.  Jones and Rockhold had agreed to film a video for the former’s YouTube channel on-site in Utah, where he agreed to take a series of body kicks from the […]

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YouTuber, Houston Jones has claimed he suffered “crippling pain” after he took a series of body round kicks from former UFC and Strikeforce champion, Luke Rockhold. 

Jones and Rockhold had agreed to film a video for the former’s YouTube channel on-site in Utah, where he agreed to take a series of body kicks from the UFC middleweight contender, in order to show, or attempt at least his durability against a professional mixed martial artist.

Ex-UFC champion Luke Rockhold drops Houston Jones with a series of liver kicks

In the video, which has been posted across social media, a shirtless Jones braces himself for a body kick from Rockhold — a renowned kicker, before he dropped after the former middleweight champion lands flush to his liver, resulting in a series of knockdowns. 

Once you touch the liver, once it’s hurt, it does not take much to get through it and penetrate it,” Luke Rockhold said during the video.  “You know you’ve got him hurt in the liver so you can see the guy crumble and break and all you’ve got to do is touch it (the liver).

Jones, who has also been previously shot by a taser operated by former UFC light heavyweight kingpin, Chuck Liddell, compared that experience to his latest interaction with Rockhold.

I’d rather be tasered,” Houston Jones said following his video with Luke Rockhold. “It’s a sharp pain that makes you keel over and wonder why this happened and what decisions you chose to get to this moment. You ask yourself, ‘Where did I go wrong, and/or right?’ Needless to say, I don’t recommend it but that’s why I’m here though, you’re welcome.

For former middleweight champion, Rockhold, the Californian veteran was slated to make his Octagon and divisional comeback at UFC 268 last month at Madison Square Garden against the streaking, Sean Strickland, however, a back injury forced the Santa Cruz native from the bout

In his most recent UFC walk, Rockhold made his light heavyweight division debut at UFC 239 in July of 2019, suffering a broken jaw courtesy of a second round knockout loss to former division champion, Jan Blachowicz. Rockhold clinched the middleweight crown back in December 2015 with a ground strikes stoppage win over Chris Weidman at UFC 194.

[ARCHIVES] Luke Rockhold Tells Story About Near-Death Experience

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Here is a story published on this day seven years ago about a near-death experience of former UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold. The following story is presented to you in its original, unaltered form, courtesy of the MMA New…

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Here is a story published on this day seven years ago about a near-death experience of former UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold. The following story is presented to you in its original, unaltered form, courtesy of the MMA News Archives.

On This Day Seven Years Ago…

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Luke Rockhold, who battles arch-nemesis Michael Bisping at UFC Fight Night 55 this weekend in Australia, spoke in a recent interview about a time he nearly died while surfing.

Speaking with the folks at MMA Kansas, Rockhold said he’s not nearly as nervous in the Octagon as he is in the ocean.

Below is an excerpt from the interview.

“Getting trapped under water and feeling that sensation of almost drowning, while getting tossed around… that’s not a good feeling. That’s a scary situation. 100 percent, I’m not scared in the Octagon. There’s a little anxiety, but in the ocean, you have no control out there. In a fight I don’t get scared, I might get a little anxiety and a bit nervous, but in the water…it’s a no brainer right there.”

Here’s another excerpt, where Rockhold tells a story about a time he nearly died while surfing.

“I was thrown around and (got) stuck under a rock. My leash got caught and I couldn’t go out the other way so I had to calm myself down and pull myself back out. I was (forced to) crawl my way backwards out from under this rock, not knowing what was going on. My buddies were freaking out because they saw me go over the falls, watched my board just bobbing up and down for a while. When I finally popped up, there were four or five of them staring back at me. I’ve been surfing for a long time, a lot of my friends are professional surfers, and I may get a little more waves than I used to (laughs), but I’m not trying to use my career to get waves all the time… well maybe just a little bit (laughs).”

Luke Rockhold battles Michael Bisping in the main event of UFC Fight Night 55 on Friday, November 7, 2014 from the AllPhones Arena in Sydney, Australia.

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Blachowicz: KO Of “Arsehole” Luke Rockhold Changed Everything

Jan Blachowicz can recall a defining moment in his career, the knockout of Luke Rockhold.

Jan Blachowicz is getting ready to defend his light heavyweight championship for the second time at UFC 267. Now as the reigning champ, Blachowicz is at the …

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Jan Blachowicz can recall a defining moment in his career, the knockout of Luke Rockhold.

Jan Blachowicz is getting ready to defend his light heavyweight championship for the second time at UFC 267. Now as the reigning champ, Blachowicz is at the pinnacle of his career. In the lead-up to this fight with Glover Teixeira, Blachowicz took a trip down memory lane to remember a defining moment in his career.

“So I think the moment I change in thinking was when I knock out Luke Rockhold,” Blackowicz told PerthNow. “That’s when I thought, what I do in the gym, I need to do the same in the Octagon. So I start doing that and now I’m champion.”

That knockout of Luke Rockhold began the winning streak that Blachowicz rode all the way to the title. He is now 11-5 in the UFC and perhaps in the best shape of his life. Not only was the win at UFC 239 a turning point for him, but it was a pleasurable experience because of Blachowicz’s feeling towards Rockhold.

“So I was happy because he is not good person,” Blachowicz explained. “He’s arsehole. And that was really important for me to finish the fight in this way. Not with points but in that kind of way. A lot of people who train with him, they tell me ‘be careful because he is strong, unbelievably strong’. So (that knockout), it was a really important moment for me.”

Blachowicz will be taking on Teixeira in the main event of this weekend’s UFC 267 live from Abu Dhabi. As for Luke Rockhold, he recently pulled out of his bout scheduled for next week at UFC 268. His return to the UFC has him back at middleweight so it is unlikely these two will have the option to run it back.

What do you think of Jan Blachowicz’s assessment of Luke Rockhold?

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Islam Makhachev Goes Full Michael Jordan On Luke Rockhold

It’s always a good thing when your talent is compared to “His Airness” Michael Jordan, and Islam Makhachev says he earned such an honor in past AKA sparring sessions with Luke Rockhold. #5-ranked lightweight Islam Makhachev is currently the owner of an eight-fight winning streak with performances that have many people believing he has the […]

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It’s always a good thing when your talent is compared to “His Airness” Michael Jordan, and Islam Makhachev says he earned such an honor in past AKA sparring sessions with Luke Rockhold.

#5-ranked lightweight Islam Makhachev is currently the owner of an eight-fight winning streak with performances that have many people believing he has the makings of a future world champion. If this were to be uttered to anyone at AKA, it would be a case of preaching to the choir.

Those at AKA have consistently praised Makhachev’s skill level publicly. And according to a recent story from the man himself, one particular teammate has also heaped some heavy praise onto him behind closed doors. 

Islam Makhachev Claims He Ragdolled Luke Rockhold During Sparring

According to Makhachev, there was one specific incident where a teammate begrudgingly complimented him on his abilities after being thrown repeatedly by the Russian. And wouldn’t you know it, that man is none other than UFC middleweight Luke Rockhold.

“When [Rockhold] was preparing for the Machida fight, Machida was a southpaw. So I appeared to be the only southpaw in the gym at that moment. Luke is big compared to myself, but Javier [Mendez] asked me, ‘Islam, please have a couple of rounds with him. We need a southpaw.’ I always agreed,” Makhachev’s tale began in an interview with RT Sport.

“So we sparred a lot of times, and I don’t remember a single case where I failed to do a judo double-leg takedown on him. It was more than once or two, five, or ten times. Much more.”

Eventually, Rockhold had enough and was determined to put a stop to his embarrassment, but it only got worse.

“So he comes in for another sparring, gives me small gloves and says, ‘Today, you won’t throw me!’ So the sparring starts and I throw him again…” Makhachev continued with a smile. “And he is in the air, truly upset and already shouting loud. I don’t know. He has such long legs so maybe that’s why I always did it so easily.”

With reports of Khabib Nurmagomedov considering a crossover to soccer, we have made the comparison to Khabib & Michael Jordan: two men who retired at the top of their sport only to dabble in another. We classified Khabib’s soccer interest as going “full Michael Jordan.” But if you ask “Air Rockhold,” the Jordan comparison is more apt for Khabib’s successor, Islam Makhachev.

“Yes, he was really angry, and always very focused on our sparring, like, ‘You’re not going to do that today!’” Makhachev continued. “And then he said, ‘You are like Jordan in basketball in terms of those throws.’”

Are you surprised to hear this tale of UFC lightweight Islam Makhachev repeatedly throwing former UFC Middleweight Champion Luke Rockhold around?

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Michael Bisping Thinks Former Rival Luke Rockhold Deserves Respect

Michael Bisping Luke RockholdAt one point in time, UFC fans felt that Michael Bisping and Luke Rockhold would never be on friendly terms. But just like the sport they competed against each other in, unpredictability is the name of the game. Bisping retired following back-to-back losses to Georges St-Pierre and Kelvin Gastelum, back has transitioned into one of […]

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At one point in time, UFC fans felt that Michael Bisping and Luke Rockhold would never be on friendly terms. But just like the sport they competed against each other in, unpredictability is the name of the game.

Bisping retired following back-to-back losses to Georges St-Pierre and Kelvin Gastelum, back has transitioned into one of the best voices in UFC broadcasting. Rockhold was expected to make his return at UFC 268 next month but recently withdrew due to an injury.

Bisping and Rockhold have quite the history with one another, dating back to their fights in 2014 and 2016. During a recent interview, Bisping praised his bitter rival in the midst of his disappointing news.

“I was really looking forward to that fight,” Bisping said. “I don’t know who would’ve won, I would’ve put my money on Luke because Luke was fired up. Luke wants to be the champion again, and he wants to get back that respect. A lot of people, even fans and other fighters, aren’t giving Luke the respect that he deserves. He definitely deserves respect, let me tell you, 100%.”

“Listen, sometimes he says dumb stuff, but the man is a formidable fighter. He’s a force to deal with inside the Octagon.”

Five years after their infamous UFC 199 bout, Michael Bisping wants fans to start showing respect for Luke Rockhold’s accolades

Luke Rockhold left the fight game for nearly two years after losing to Jan Blachowicz in his light heavyweight debut at UFC 239. He would move back down to middleweight for a fight with Sean Strickland at UFC 268 before the fight was called off.

Bisping and Rockhold’s careers will always be linked to one another, and it’s nice to see them bury the hatchet and show genuine respect.

What is your reaction to Michael Bisping’s comments about Luke Rockhold?