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Sean Strickland reacts after his TKO victory over Brendan Allen in a 195-pound catchweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on November 14, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)
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The Best Of Sean Strickland

Get ready for UFC Fight Night: Hermansson vs Strickalnd by relieving Sean Strickland's best moments inside the Octagon!

There might not be anyone on the UFC roster that loves fighting more than Sean Strickland does. Since joining the UFC in 2014, Strickland has made the walk to the Octagon 17 times and, regardless of the result, he’s enjoyed every minute of it.

In October 2020, Strickland made the move back up to middleweight, where he was undefeated. He’s continued that trend and finds himself on a five-fight winning streak, which is the best of his UFC career thus far.

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On Saturday, February 5, Strickland will meet Jack Hermansson in the center of the Octagon for his second straight UFC main event at UFC Fight Night: Hermansson vs Strickland. It’s a big opportunity for Strickland and could help cement his name as a true challenger for Israel Adesanya’s middleweight throne.

As he readies to take on Hermansson, we look back at some of Strickland’s defining moments in the UFC.

Sean Strickland vs Bubba McDaniel

UFC 171 – March 15, 2014

(Watch Strickland’s Debut On UFC Fight Pass)

Strickland entered the UFC as an undefeated prospect and made waves right off the bat. Strickland used heavy ground-and-pound to keep McDaniel on the canvas, and after using his pressure to break McDaniel a bit, he was able to capitalize once McDaniel gave up his back and sink in a deep rear naked choke in the first round.

Sean Strickland vs Alex Garcia

UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs Cowboy – February 21, 2016

(Watch Strickland’s KO Win on UFC Fight Pass)

PITTSBURGH, PA - FEBRUARY 21:  (L-R) Sean Strickland punches Alex Garcia in their welterweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at Consol Energy Center on February 21, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via G

PITTSBURGH, PA - FEBRUARY 21: (L-R) Sean Strickland punches Alex Garcia in their welterweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at Consol Energy Center on February 21, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


In just his second UFC fight, Strickland was also showing flashes of his potential. His trademark pressure was on display as he peppered Garcia with strikes late into the third round. Once Garcia stumbled, Strickland never let off the gas and went after his opponent until he landed the knockout blow.

Sean Strickland vs Nordine Taleb

UFC Fight Night: Volkan vs Smith – October 27, 2018

(Watch Strickland Defeat Taleb on UFC Fight Pass)

Sean Strickland punches Nordine Taleb of France in their welterweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event inside Avenir Centre on October 27, 2018 in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Sean Strickland punches Nordine Taleb of France in their welterweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event inside Avenir Centre on October 27, 2018 in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Sean Strickland punches Nordine Taleb of France in their welterweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event inside Avenir Centre on October 27, 2018 in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Facing a respected opponent like Nordine Taleb in Canada might make some people nervous. Not Strickland. The California native came out on fire against Taleb, pressuring the veteran on his way to a second-round knockout.

Sean Strickland vs Brendan Allen

UFC Fight Night: Hall vs Silva

(Watch Strickland Defeat Allen on UFC Fight Pass)

This was the fight that really propelled Strickland into the middleweight conversation. Strickland followed up his up win over Jack Marshman 14 days earlier with a resounding KO of Brendan Allen. Beating Allen announced that Strickland was ready to make a real run and deserved to be in the 185-pound rankings.

Sean Strickland vs Uriah Hall

UFC Fight Night: Hall vs Strickland

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Sean Strickland punches Uriah Hall of Jamaica in a middleweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on July 31, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Sean Strickland punches Uriah Hall of Jamaica in a middleweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on July 31, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)


Strickland’s first main event success was nearly perfect; the only thing he didn’t do was get a finish over Uriah Hall. But other than that, Strickland couldn’t have had a better performance. His dominated Hall from start to finish and connected with 186 significant strikes (which is a UFC middleweight record for a single fight) on his way to a unanimous decision victory.

Don't miss a single round of UFC Fight Night: Hermansson vs Strickland, live from the UFC APEX on Saturday, February 5 on ESPN+. Prelims begin at 4pm ET/1pm PT. The main card begins at 7pm ET/4pm PT.

 

UFC Fight Night: Hermansson vs Strickland took place on Saturday, January 15, 2022, live from the UFC APEX in Las Vegas. See the Final ResultsOfficial Scorecards and Who Won Bonuses — and relive all of the action on UFC Fight Pass.