Sean Strickland hints at UFC title rematch against Israel Adesanya next: ‘I don’t want to fight anybody boring’

Sean Strickland expects to fight Israel Adesanya in rematch I don't want boring UFC

Suggesting the UFC will likely follow through and offer former two-time middleweight champion, Israel Adesanya a title rematch off the back of their first fight – newly-minted division champion, Sean Strickland has claimed he expects a more better showing from the former if they share the Octagon again.

Strickland, who headlined UFC 293 earlier this month, managed to strike the undisputed middleweight championship with a shocking upset win over City Kickboxing ace, Adesanya, scoring a shutout unanimous decision win over the latter to win the championship.

Sean Strickland expects to fight Israel Adesanya in a title rematch next?

And in the immediate aftermath of his championship win in Sydney, Australia, Strickland was linked to a title re-run with the Nigerian-Kiwi striker in his first attempted title defense – something he believes the UFC will offer the ex-titleholder.

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“It was a good time, you guys,” Sean Strickland said on his podcast. “It was a good time. I like fighting. I like to hit [people]. I like to fight, I give 110 per cent, it was good. I thought Izzy (Israel Adesanya) would be better. I’m sure the UFC might give him a rematch and he might take it a little bit more seriousn and put up a better fight.”

“My thing is, dude, when it comes to that next fight, everybody’s like, ‘Who do you want to fight?’ I don’t give a f*ck, dude,” Sean Strickland explained. “I want to make f*cking money. I get those pay-per-view buys. Give me somebody who’s going to make f*cking money. I don’t want to fight anybody boring. I want to fight, you know, give me someone who’s making money.” 

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As for Adesanya, the former champion has since landed himself in hot water off the back of his title loss, pleading guilty to a drunk driving charge in Auckland, after he tested over the legal limit of blood alcohol levles, three weeks prior to his title fight with Strickland

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