Sean Strickland

Following their cage-side brawl at UFC 296, middleweight fighter Sean Strickland has spoken up, addressing the personal attacks made by his opponent Dricus Du Plessis.

Strickland, known for his unfiltered approach, took to Twitter to express his thoughts: “I go hard on everyone I know this, izzy mouth feeding his dog, Dricus kissing his coach and grabbing his cup. Omally talking about sharing his wife in a podcast. You’re a man, on a world stage doing this in public. And what do you pick? ‘You got abused as a kid ha'”.

This response comes after Du Plessis took a jab at Strickland’s traumatic childhood during the press conference leading up to their scheduled fight at UFC 297.

Du Plessis had provocatively remarked, “You think your dad beat the s*** out of you? Your dad doesn’t have s*** on me,” igniting a heated exchange that later escalated into the now-infamous brawl.

The MMA community is divided over this issue. While Strickland is known for his own verbal jabs at other fighters, including Israel Adesanya and Sean O’Malley, some fans argue that Du Plessis crossed a line by bringing up Strickland’s abusive past, which was beyond his control.

A section of the fanbase empathizes with Strickland, recognizing the sensitivity of childhood trauma compared to the typical trash talk that surrounds fight promotions.

On the other hand, certain fans point out Strickland’s history of making controversial remarks, suggesting a sense of double standards.

The debate underscores the complex dynamics of psychological warfare in MMA, where personal boundaries often blur in the heat of rivalry.

Regardless of the differing opinions, this incident has undeniably intensified the anticipation for their bout at UFC 297.

The emotional stakes are high, and the physical showdown between Strickland and Du Plessis promises to be more than just a fight; it’s a culmination of deeply personal and contentious narratives.

As the MMA world awaits their confrontation in the octagon, the conversation continues about the line between acceptable trash talk and personal attacks in the sport

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