Sean Strickland Claims Alex Pereira’s Style ‘Sucks’ Ahead Of UFC 276: ‘He’s Not Even A Good Striker’

Sean StricklandAhead of his pivotal middleweight matchup this weekend against Alex Pereira at UFC 276, surging division contender, Sean Strickland has questioned the striking style and prowess of the decorated kickboxer, claiming the Brazilian is not all he’s chalked up to be.  Strickland, who currently sits at #4 in the official middleweight pile, enters this weekend’s […]

Sean Strickland

Ahead of his pivotal middleweight matchup this weekend against Alex Pereira at UFC 276, surging division contender, Sean Strickland has questioned the striking style and prowess of the decorated kickboxer, claiming the Brazilian is not all he’s chalked up to be. 

Strickland, who currently sits at #4 in the official middleweight pile, enters this weekend’s potential title-eliminator against Pereira in search of his stunning seventh straight victory, headlined a February event against Jack Hermansson last time out, narrowly taking home a split decision win.

As for Pereira, the Sao Paulo striker has made an instant impact in his UFC tenure since his November debut – landing a pair of impressive victories, however, has yet to enter the middleweight top-15 ahead of his catapulting against Strickland.

A former two-weight GLORY Kickboxing champion, Pereira, revered as one of the more dangerous strikers in the sport at the moment, handed credence to those beliefs, courtesy of a brutal second round flying knee knockout win against Andreas Michailidis at UFC 268.

Returning against compatriot and former M-1 Global middleweight champion, Bruno Silva, Pereira would eventually pull away from his fellow Brazilian with a technical display en route to a unanimous decision victory.

Sean Strickland downplays Alex Pereira’s striking ability

With either Strickland or Pereira expected to likely challenge division champion, Israel Adesanya should he defeat challenger, Jared Cannonier atop the UFC 276 card on Saturday, Strickland has downplayed the striking threat of Pereira.

“He’s (Alex Pereira) not even a good striker, bro,” Sean Strickland told assembled media during his media availability ahead of UFC 276. “Like f*ck, the only reason you can do that is because you are f*cking tall, you are genetically gifted. If you are a f*cking normal-sized f*cking human being, you wouldn’t even f*cking be here, your style sucks.” 

Despite the fact Pereira holds a devastating one-punch knockout win over the aforenoted, Adesanya back in 2017 under the GLORY Kickboxing banner, Strickland insists that he’s less than worried about the Brazilian’s striking ability.

“He’s the thing, man – let me tell you something,” Sean Strickland said. “There’s not one f*cking GLORY kickboxer in any weight class that I f*cking couldn’t f*cking stand and bang with. So don’t f*cking tell me just ‘cause you’re some big f*cking Brazilian, who knocked out Izzy (Israel Adesanya) 20 years ago, that I can’t stand with you. Come on, motherf*cker, get out of here.” 

Photos | Israel Adesanya Set To Sport Green & Gold Champion Shorts In UFC 276 Headliner

Israel AdesanyaNo longer limited to typical black shorts with gold trim as a defending champion, undisputed UFC middleweight kingpin, Israel Adesanya is set to sport green compression shorts – donned with gold and white champion trim ahead of his UFC 276 main event title defense against Jared Cannonier. Israel Adesanya, a staple of City Kickboxing under […]

Israel Adesanya

No longer limited to typical black shorts with gold trim as a defending champion, undisputed UFC middleweight kingpin, Israel Adesanya is set to sport green compression shorts – donned with gold and white champion trim ahead of his UFC 276 main event title defense against Jared Cannonier.

Israel Adesanya, a staple of City Kickboxing under the tutelage of Eugene Bareman, will make his second Octagon walk of the year this weekend during International Fight Week – headlining once more.

Israel Adesanya headlines for the second time this year

Back in February, Nigerian-Kiwi standout, Adesanya headlined UFC 271 at the Toyota Center, defeating two-time opponent and former undisputed champion, Robert Whittaker in a rematch unanimous decision success. 

Sporting white and gold shorts for his unsuccessful light heavyweight title challenge against Jan Blachowicz back in March of last year, Adesanya now joins former undisputed flyweight titleholder, Brandon Moreno as the other fighter to sport somewhat custom shorts – with the Baja California native wearing white shorts, with gold and black trim for his UFC 270 co-headliner with Deiveson Figueiredo. 

Enjoying a dominant reign as undisputed middleweight champion, Adesanya has so far landed four successful title defenses as the 185lbs pacesetter, knocking back Yoel Romero, Paulo Costa, Marvin Vettori, and the aforenoted, Whittaker since March 2020. 

Whilst facing off with the aforenoted Texan bruiser, Cannonier this weekend in ‘Sin City’ – Adesanya appears to already have his next opponent in mind should he leave the T-Mobile Arena with his title in tow. 

Also featuring on a stacked main card, steaking division contender, Sean Strickland, and former two-weight GLORY Kickboxing champion, Alex Pereira – who holds two victories over Israel Adesanya, are both widely expected to challenge the Lagos-born champion with a victory at UFC 276. 

Entering this weekend’s premier title challenge against Adesanya, Cannonier, who rides a two-fight winning run into the main event clash, bludgeoned Derek Brunson with brutal elbow ground strikes at UFC 271 back in February.

Sean O’Malley Claims He Could Submit Khabib Nurmagomedov: ‘Fans Would Still Complain’

Sean O'MalleyAhead of UFC 276 this weekend at the T-Mobile Arena, bantamweight contender, Sean O’Malley has claimed that he could submit former undisputed UFC lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov – maintaining that critiques and spectators would still find something to complain about from him. Montana native, O’Malley, attempts to land successive victory number four this weekend during […]

Sean O'Malley

Ahead of UFC 276 this weekend at the T-Mobile Arena, bantamweight contender, Sean O’Malley has claimed that he could submit former undisputed UFC lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov – maintaining that critiques and spectators would still find something to complain about from him.

Montana native, O’Malley, attempts to land successive victory number four this weekend during International Fight Week – drawing Brazilian veteran and division mainstay, Pedro Munhoz. 

Last time out, O’Malley, a product of Dana White’s Contender Series – managed to stop Munhoz’s compatriot, Raulian Paiva with a first round knockout win back in December at UFC 269 in ‘Sin City’.

Sean O’Malley predicts he will become the first to knock out Pedro Munhoz at UFC 276

Ahead of this weekend’s bout with Munhoz, O’Malley maintains he would be the first fighter to knock out the Brazilian in a professional setting, but insists that fans would still complain if he were to hand the now-retired, Khabib a career-first loss.

“I could submit Khabib (Nurmagomedov) and people would be like, ‘Yeah, but,’” Sean O’Malley said during his media availability on Wednesday ahead of UFC 276. “Something. They’d say something.”

“So I pay no attention to what the negative fans say,” Sean O’Malley continued. “It doesn’t matter to me. Yes, I’ll go out there and finish Pedro (Munhoz), and yes, it’ll be like, ‘Yeah, but,’ so it doesn’t matter.” 

In the midst of a string of three consecutive knockout victories, O’Malley went further to claim that he can envision himself stopping any potential opponent at bantamweight with strikes. 
“Anybody my weight class, I could see me standing across from them and knocking them out,” Sean O’Malley explained. “I’ve done it over and over and over again – it’s hard not to envision that. Everyone I fight, I knock out, so that’s just how I see this fight going. That’s how I see any fight that I’m ever going to be in going, just me putting my hands on their chin enough times, and they’ll fall.” (Transcribed by MMA Fighting)

Jared Cannonier Plans On Taking Israel Adesanya Out “Quick, Fast and Easy” Ahead Of UFC 276

Jared CannonierThis weekend, Israel Adesanya will attempt to make his fifth title middleweight defense, but his opponent, Jared Cannonier, is planning on ruining the party and getting it done early. Since his arrival in the UFC, Adesanya appeared to be destined for greatness special, and he since lived up to expectations. Capturing UFC gold in just […]

Jared Cannonier

This weekend, Israel Adesanya will attempt to make his fifth title middleweight defense, but his opponent, Jared Cannonier, is planning on ruining the party and getting it done early.

Since his arrival in the UFC, Adesanya appeared to be destined for greatness special, and he since lived up to expectations. Capturing UFC gold in just over a year past his debut, ‘The Last Stylebender’ has defeated everyone he has fought at middleweight and is now beginning to lap the division.

Almost anyone who will attempt to snatch Adesanya’s belt will be a significant underdog and his next opponent, Jared Cannonier is no different. The ‘Killa Gorilla’ earned his way to UFC gold after two impressive wins over Kelvin Gastelum and Derek Brunson and is the holder of a 5-1 middleweight record.

Cannonier knows the task that is ahead of him, but the American is planning on giving it his all to get it done.

“If there has to be that (feeling-out period), it’s probably going to be the first one and a half, maybe two minutes of digesting some stuff,” Cannonier said to DAZN. “And then there’s going to be action and I’ll have to continue digesting after that.”

“To be honest, I don’t want to have that feeling-out moment,” Cannonier says after thinking it over some more. “I want to get in there and go to work, put him away quick, fast and easy.”

“I’m trying to end this thing in the first. As soon as the ref says go, the goal is to put him away, to finish and incapacitate my opponent and go home.”

Although the pair are set to do battle in just a few days, both seem to have respect for one another and the build up has involved no trash talk. In fact, Cannonier had nothing but good things to say about the champion and admitted he would need to be perfect in order to beat him.

“He’s ran through some of the division and rightfully so garnered a lot of notoriety,” Jared Cannonier says. “He’s got the belt, a real good contract, all that good stuff so good for him.

“I have to be a 10,” he adds. “I just gotta be the best version of myself. Everything has to be clicking. It’s not just one thing that’s going to get it done. It’s got to be precision, power, speed, position … all that stuff.”

Who will win, Jared Cannonier or Israel Adesanya?

Pedro Munhoz Calls Sean O’Malley’s Undefeated Attitude “Ridiculous”

Sean O'Malley, Pedro MunhozSean O’Malley is undefeated. Well, that’s according to the man himself.  The 27-year-old oozes confidence. From his colorful appearance to his highlight-reel knockouts, the bantamweight has grown into a rising star in the UFC.  Sean O’Malley is scheduled to face UFC veteran Pedro Munhoz, who doesn’t agree with his “undefeated” remarks.  The No. 13 ranked […]

Sean O'Malley, Pedro Munhoz

Sean O’Malley is undefeated. Well, that’s according to the man himself. 

The 27-year-old oozes confidence. From his colorful appearance to his highlight-reel knockouts, the bantamweight has grown into a rising star in the UFC. 

Sean O’Malley is scheduled to face UFC veteran Pedro Munhoz, who doesn’t agree with his “undefeated” remarks. 

The No. 13 ranked bantamweight has bounced back from his first official UFC loss which came against Marlon Vera in August 2020. He has won his last three fights by defeating Raulian Paiva, Kris Moutinho, and Thomas Almeida. 

O’Malley (15-1) has not been shy in expressing his “undefeated” ranking despite having a blemish in his professional MMA record. After his loss at UFC 252, he continued to claim “unbeaten” status by releasing merchandise that supported his statements. 

He labeled Vera’s TKO win as a “certified fluke” and credited a leg injury for his loss. 

“Mentally I’m undefeated, I didn’t lose because my skills aren’t better than this dude,” O’Malley said on the IMPAULSIVE podcast. “The sugar state athletic commission called it a no contest.”

Pedro Munhoz Disagrees

Speaking to MMA Fighting, Munhoz (19-7, 1 NC) believes O’Malley’s undefeated mindset is actually insecurity. 

“He’s from this new generation that is influenced by rappers on social media,” Munhoz said, “so I believe this image of being undefeated is something that defines him as a person and an athlete, but it’s ridiculous. I’m telling you, I think that’s ridiculous. If you’re injured or not, if the fight was stopped or not, you lost, buddy.” H/T MMA Fighting

Munhoz is currently ranked No. 9 in the world at bantamweight. The São Paulo native is heading into his 19th UFC fight. He made his UFC debut in February 2014 and has fought the likes of Aljamain Sterling, Cody Garbrandt, and Frankie Edgar

The 35-year-old is looking to rebound from back-to-back losses that came against MMA legends Dominick Cruz and José Aldo. Munhoz’s last win was a rematch against Jimmie Rivera in early 2021.

O’Malley has labeled Munhoz as “Prelim Pedro” leading up to their scrap. It will be O’Malley’s 10th UFC appearance.

The two will square off in Las Vegas during international fight week at UFC 276. The event is headlined by UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya and challenger Jared Cannonier. UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski and Max Halloway will co-headline the event.