Morning Report: Sean Strickland would like to rematch Alex Pereira.


Sean Strickland does not regret standing with Alex Pereira.

At UFC 276, Strickland faced Pereira in what was a de facto title eliminator and things did not go well for him. In a move that baffled many fans, Strickland opted to walk Pereira down and engage in a striking battle with the two-weight Glory world champion kickboxer, to predictable results: Pereira brutally knocked Strickland out in the first round. Strickland said that he doesn’t regret the game plan and hopes to fight again with Pereira.

“The dude f ****** hits very hard,” Strickland said to MMA Junkie . “That motherf*****, he has dynamite in his hands but got to get a couple wins under my belt, and hopefully he’s still the champ and we’ll run it back.

“He’s a f****** big motherf****** Brazilian who hits like dynamite. F***. Let me give you guys this hint: If you stand in front of the motherf , you will see that someone is going to fall asleep. It’s probably going to be you. I would do the same ****** if I had to fight him again. This (left) hand can be extended a bit (up ).”


Prior to his loss, Strickland had a six-fight winning streak, which earned him the No. 4 spot in the UFC’s rankings. Strickland was relegated to the No. 1 spot after his loss. 7 and with Pereira as the new champion, “Tarzan” acknowledges that he’s “a few” wins away from earning a rematch. First up on that road back to Pereira is Jared Cannonier, who Strickland faces in the main event of UFC Vegas 66 next Saturday. Like Pereira, Cannonier is an imposing and powerful striker, with four Performance of the Night bonuses for his knockouts, and Strickland could not be more excited to get back in the cage with another guy looking to separate him from his consciousness.

” How would you feel with that scary, big mothrf ***** staring back at you and trying to kill your body?” Strickland stated. “It’s exciting. I can’t wait.”

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