UFC middleweight Sean Strickland was properly and really put in his place for questioning journalist Ariel Helwani’s love of combined martial arts.
Strickland is recent off a late-notice and much-needed win over Nassourdine Imavov at UFC Vegas 67 after struggling back-to-back defeats in 2022.
getty 3 Strickland snapped his shedding streak at UFC Vegas 67
On Wednesday, the 31-year-old appeared on Helwani’s long-running present -The MMA Hour – to debate his latest victory and his plans for the remainder of 2023.
Strickland, who has beforehand admitted he isn’t steady sufficient to be giving interviews, acquired himself right into a spot of trouble when he advised his interviewer isn’t a real fan of the game.
He mentioned: “I don’t know the way you bought this job, you need to be like a golf commentator, a golf analyst. I wish to know the way you bought within the MMA world.
“I don’t suppose you’re an enormous MMA fan. If this wasn’t your job, I don’t suppose you’d be on the bar with the boys watching motherf***ers get knocked out.”
Helwani, who has been masking the game for greater than 20 years, took offence to these feedback and fired again at Strickland by occurring a hilarious rant about his historical past in MMA.
The favored journalist replied: “I used to be on the bar watching MMA once you had been in your father’s nutsack, once you didn’t even know what the f*** MMA was, I used to be speaking about MMA.
@arielhelwani – instagram 3 Strickland made the error of questioning Helwani’s love for MMA
@arielhelwani – twitter 3 The MMA journalist hilariously ranted at Strickland
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“I used to be doing a radio present at Syracuse College in 2001. How outdated had been you in 2001? You had been in fourth grade after I was speaking about MMA.”
“I used to be internet hosting an MMA present when it wasn’t even f***ing cool, once you had been going on the market taking two bottles of [beer] and smashing them collectively inflicting bother.
“I used to be campaigning and preventing for this sport to be lined by individuals once you didn’t even know what f***ing MMA stood for.
“Do your f***ing analysis, man. I used to be on the entrance f***ing traces of this sport, creating jobs, doing interviews and going to bulls*** occasions once you had been within the parking zone doing wheelies and donuts.”
After seeing how animated Helwani acquired, Strickland shortly backed down from the subject and admitted he ‘preferred the hearth’ the 40-year-old responded with.
‘Tarzan’ will get pleasure from a bit relaxation earlier than returning to the fitness center and on the brink of make a run on the 185lb title at the moment held by Alex Pereira who knocked him out final yr earlier than dethroning Israel Adesanya a number of months later.