Sean Strickland has never been one to hold back on his opinions, and recently, he set his sights on former UFC contender Paige VanZant, sparking controversy and taking aim at women’s MMA in the process.
VanZant made headlines by venturing into the world of exclusive content on OnlyFans after her departure from the UFC in 2020, where she found significant success. She claimed that she earns more on OnlyFans in a single day than she did in her entire fighting career.
Strickland, however, was not impressed by VanZant’s statements and launched an unprovoked attack on her and women’s MMA as a whole. He dismissed VanZant’s fighting career as being based on her looks, criticized women’s MMA, and made derogatory comments.
In one tweet, he said, “Paige VanZant said she made more on only fans in 24 hours than she did in the UFC. Let’s unpack. 1.) You were signed because you’re hot. 2.) Women’s MMA is lame. 3.) Men will pay more to see you naked than to watch you fight. Stay in school, kids, fighting sucks, lol.”
Strickland followed up with another tweet comparing male and female MMA to lions fighting and cats fighting, suggesting that the latter is less entertaining.
Meanwhile, Michael Bisping weighed in on the surprising middleweight title fight between Sean Strickland and Dricus Du Plessis at UFC 297. Despite expectations that Khamzat Chimaev would receive the title shot after his victory over Kamaru Usman at UFC 294, the UFC chose to reward Strickland for his unexpected victory over Robert Whittaker at UFC 290.
Bisping supported the UFC’s decision, considering Strickland the rightful No. 1 contender after his impressive win over Whittaker. He acknowledged Strickland’s achievements, including defeating former champion Israel Adesanya and believed Strickland had earned his shot at the title.
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November 14, 2023 5:42 am