Sean Strickland claims Canada threatened to pull him from title fight at UFC 297: ‘They absolutely hated me’

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Sean Strickland says his first title defense of his middleweight title almost didn’t happen.

Strickland headlined UFC 297 back in January in Toronto, Ontario, Canada against Dricus Du Plessis. In the lead-up to the fight, Strickland was vocal about his displeasure with Canada and also made controversial comments.

According to Strickland, he says during fight week, he was nearly removed from the card due to his comments, which is why he isn’t getting a rematch with Du Plessis.

Sean Strickland argues for title rematch with Dricus du Plessis that needs to be run back
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“The UFC fans want me and Dricus to settle it,” Sean Strickland tweeted. “Dricus wants to settle it. We all know I fought in a dirty liberal country who f***** me. Dana [White] knows it. The UFC knows it. IF IT WAS ANYONE ELSE ON THE ROSTER THE REMATCH WOULD HAPPEN! Do the right thing, UFC…

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“No, man, it is a fact… Trust me…” Strickland replied when a Twitter user said no rematch with Du Plessis would prove he was robbed on purpose. “Canada absolutely hated me and threatened to pull me. You know, man, I’m not climbing that f****** ladder again….. If that isn’t it for me, [I don’t know], boxing… Go make millions beating up Jake Paul lmao (laughing my ass off).”

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It is interesting that Strickland is also talking about a potential move to boxing, despite being one fight removed from winning the middleweight title in a massive upset against Israel Adesanya.

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Sean Strickland has been campaigning for a rematch with Dricus Du Plessis due to the fact the fight was super competitive and was a split decision.

However, all signs point to the UFC making Du Plessis vs. Adesanya for the belt next. Then, Dana White announced that Robert Whittaker would face Khamzat Chimaev in the main event of UFC Saudi Arabia in a No. 1 contender bout at middleweight.

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Dricus du Plessis accuses Sean Strickland of admitting UFC 297 loss you definitely beat me
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With Whittaker vs. Chimaev set for a No. 1 contender bout, Strickland does not have his next fight booked, and will likely have to win a couple of fights to get another crack at the belt.