Stats

Fighting style: MMA
Stance: Orthodox
Division: Middleweight
Height: 6' 1"
Reach: 76"
Leg reach: 41.50
Weight: 185 lbs.
Team: Millennia MMA GymRVCA Training CenterTeam Quest
Nationality: United States
Residence: Commerce, California, United States
Out of: Corona, California, United States
Age: 32

Accolades

Recent win streak: 6
Wins by KO: 10
Wins by submission: 4
Avg. Sig. Strikes Per Event: 65.6

ATHLETE METRICS

STRIKING ACCURACY

Significant Strikes Attempted: 4091
Significant Strikes Landed: 1714

TAKEDOWN ACCURACY

Takedowns Attempted: 28
Takedowns Landed: 11

BIOGRAPHY

Sean Strickland is an American professional mixed martial artist who competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and reigns as the current UFC Middleweight Champion. Strickland was born on February 27, 1991, and embarked on his professional career in 2008. Prior to his UFC journey, he served as King of the Cage Middleweight Champion. As of December 19, 2023, he is #7 in the UFC men’s pound-for-pound rankings. His resilient and fiery presence in the cage has left him standing undefeated in numerous bouts, but Strickland’s life outside the sports world has been characterized by tumult and adversity.

Strickland was raised in Corona, California, by a physically and mentally abusive father. To protect his mother, a young Strickland once attacked his father, leading to his arrest but a swift release after his mother paid his bail. This was the genesis of a troubled childhood which echoed throughout his life, shaping his perspectives and molding his future.

As he entered adolescence, Strickland found himself gravitating towards his grandfather’s neo-Nazi ideologies, a belief system reinforced by the film American History X. After being expelled from school for a hate-crime and spending time in an MMA gym, Strickland found himself questioning his ideology. A newfound network of diverse friends in the training scene led him to shun these beliefs, reinventing his view of the world. Despite this ideological shift, Strickland would continue intermittent conflicts with his father, eventually moving away.

In 2008, Strickland made his professional debut for the King of the Cage promotion, showcasing his formidable talent by maintaining an undefeated record before emerging victorious in the Middleweight Championship. His success led him to the UFC, where he made a successful debut against Bubba McDaniel in 2014. From there, Strickland sustained an impressive fighting career, clashing against well-known fighters such as Santiago Ponzinibbio, Igor Araújo, Alex Garcia, and Tom Breese.

Despite an injury that led him to withdraw a fight against Tim Means in 2016, Strickland bounced back and delivered memorable bouts against fighters like Court McGee, Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos, and Nordine Taleb.

A life-threatening motorcycle accident in 2018 forced Strickland into a two-year hiatus from professional fighting. His return in 2020 began with a bout against Jack Marshman, successfully marking his comeback. His winning streak continued, netting him the Performance of the Night award against Brendan Allen. However, Strickland’s career saw a few minor setbacks, including a highly contested fight against Jack Hermansson that drew criticism for judge Sal D’Amato’s controversial scoring.

Providing a stark contrast to his troubled personal life, Strickland’s professional career thrived with one key moment being his victory over Israel Adesanya on September 10, 2023. Winning the Middleweight Championship by unanimous decision, Strickland surprised fans and critics with this major upset.

Strickland’s fighting style is notable for his defensive striking, boasting a 65.4% defense rate. This, combined with his offensive techniques and wrestling strategies, make him a formidable opponent in the octagon.

Strickland’s personal life continued to make headlines when an altercation erupted during a UFC event in late 2023. Already known for his tumultuous relationship with his father, who passed away in 2017, Strickland was seen physically aggressing Dricus du Plessis, whom he is scheduled to face in his first title defense in 2024.

Strickland’s life and career demonstrate a tale of resilience, struggle, growth, and redemption. From his turbulent upbringing to his soaring MMA career, Strickland serves as a testament to the power of determination and the will to overcome adversity.

Fight History

Dricus Du Plessis
Sean Strickland: Defeated
by Split Decision in Round 5
Sat. Jan 20, 2024
UFC 297: Strickland vs. Du Plessis
297
Israel Adesanya
Sean Strickland: Winner
by Unanimous Decision in Round 5
Sat. Sep 09, 2023
UFC 293: Adesanya vs. Strickland
293
Abus Magomedov
Sean Strickland: Winner
by KO/TKO in Round 2 @ 4:20
Sat. Jul 01, 2023
UFC Fight Night: Strickland vs. Magomedov
Nassourdine Imavov
Sean Strickland: Winner
by Unanimous Decision in Round 5
Sat. Jan 14, 2023
UFC Fight Night: Strickland vs. Imavov
Jared Cannonier
Sean Strickland: Defeated
by Split Decision in Round 5
Sat. Dec 17, 2022
UFC Fight Night: Cannonier vs. Strickland
Alex Pereira
Sean Strickland: Defeated
by KO/TKO in Round 1 @ 2:36
Sat. Jul 02, 2022
UFC 276: Adesanya vs. Cannonier
276
Jack Hermansson
Sean Strickland: Winner
by Split Decision in Round 5
Sat. Feb 05, 2022
UFC Fight Night: Hermansson vs. Strickland
Uriah Hall
Sean Strickland: Winner
by Unanimous Decision in Round 5
Sat. Jul 31, 2021
UFC Fight Night: Hall vs. Strickland
Krzysztof Jotko
Sean Strickland: Winner
by Decision in Round 3
Sat. May 01, 2021
UFC Fight Night: Reyes vs. Prochazka
Brendan Allen
Sean Strickland: Winner
by KO/TKO in Round 2
Sat. Nov 14, 2020
UFC Fight Night: Felder vs. Dos Anjos

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

Who Is Sean Strickland's Girlfriend?
Sean Strickland's girlfriend is known by the nickname "KJ," as shared by Strickland himself during a UFC 293 embed vlog.

What Is Sean Strickland's Record?
Sean Strickland's record in UFC is 28 wins and 5 losses with no draws.

Who Will Sean Strickland Fight Next?
UFC middleweight champion Sean Strickland will next fight Dricus Du Plessis in his first title defense in January.

What Is Sean Strickland's Height?
Sean Strickland stands at a height of 6′ 1″.

What Is Sean Strickland's Net Worth?
As of 2023, the specific net worth of UFC fighter Sean Strickland is unknown.

What Is Sean Strickland's Age?
Sean Strickland is 32 years old.

Who Did Sean Strickland Fight Against?
Sean Strickland fought against Dricus du Plessis at UFC 297.

Who Is Sean Strickland's Wife?
As of my last knowledge, Sean Strickland's marital status has not been disclosed publicly, so it is currently unknown if he has a wife.

Who Would Win In A Fight Between Sean Strickland And Izzy?
Based on the context, it is suggested that Izzy, also known as Israel Adesanya, would win in a fight against Sean Strickland.

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