With a UFC 268 fight in the works, Strickland took to Instagram to fire back at Rockhold after the former middleweight champ called him a “nobody” and a “f*cking idiot” with subpar fighting skills
“All these things might be true,” Strickland said in a selfie video. “But I’ll tell you one thing. Me and you might never fight. I don’t care about fighting in the cage for ego reasons. I like to get paid at something I enjoy. But I’ll tell you f*cking one thing. You just can’t live in a radius of me and run your f*cking mouth and not expect for me to hit you in the face.
“We don’t need to fight. That’s fine. But I’m going to run into you at RVCA. I’m going to see you in the parking lot, and I’m going to walk up to you and smack you in the f*cking face. And you seem like the kind of p*ssy that runs his f*cking mouth and gets hit and then calls the cops. But you’re such a smug, cocky motherf*cker … I would probably take a misdemeanor charge just to smack you and watch your f*cking head bounce off the ground. So again, we don’t gotta fight. But don’t run your f*cking mouth, because I’m going to see you again, and I’m going to smack you in the f*cking face.”
Strickland’s response wasn’t much of a surprise given his recent interviews, which have ranged from charmingly honest to crude and offensive. After beating Uriah Hall at UFC Vegas 33, Strickland said he’d love to kill an opponent in the octagon, a threat that got former UFC heavyweight champ Frank Mir in deep trouble with the UFC before their rematch at UFC 200.
Strickland attributed his style inside and outside the cage to working with a mental coach who helped relieve the pressure he’d experienced earlier in his career. Since then, he’s won five straight fights and broken into the rankings at No. 9 in the MMA Fighting Global Rankings. Former champ Rockhold hasn’t fought since July 2019, when he suffered his third knockout loss in four bouts in a meeting with current champ Jan Blachowicz.
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