Strickland responds to former champion who asked for UFC rehiring to 'beat him up'

'Tarzan' recalls training sessions in which he dominated Luke Rockhold during sparring sessions and calls him to fight in the gym

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Sean Strickland He is a former UFC middleweight champion. Photo: Instagram/UFCEspanol

Target of harsh criticism from Luke Rockhold, Sean Strickland he did not hesitate to respond to the request made by his compatriot to the UFC. Aware that the former middleweight champion (up to 83,9kg) would like to return to Ultimate to 'beat' him, Tarzan sent a harsh message to the veteran and recalled training sessions in which he was dominant against his new opponent.

“A few things… I sparred with you for a round and completely fucked you and as always you ran away like a bitch. This was witnessed. We have also been scheduled to fight. I said: 'Now yes. That's easy money.' And you bailed with just a few weeks to go. Xtreme (Couture)? I’m going to f*ck you for fun,” Strickland said on his official ‘X’ account (formerly Twitter).

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In a recent speech, Luke stated that he hates his compatriot and that he would like to have the opportunity to return to the UFC to face him. At 39 years old, the fighter said goodbye to Ultimate after being defeated by Paulo borrachinha in 2022. Since then, Rockhold has no longer performed at MMA events and has ventured into bare-knuckle boxing and Combat Karate, where he recently triumphed.

L. Rockhold was UFC and Strikeforce middleweight champion. Photo: Reproduction/Instagram

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On the other hand, Strickland is going through a great phase in his career and wants to fight for the middleweight belt in his next fight for the organization. Former champion, the athlete stated that he will only return to activities if the title is at stake.

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