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Midnight Mania! Sean Strickland takes aim at ‘weird father role’ coaches ‘grooming’ female fighters

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Sean Strickland is not one to hold back on Twitter. He’s expressed his most random thoughts and feelings on a variety of subjects, unafraid to touch controversial topics or phrase things in an insensitive manner. How much of his “look how crazy I am!!” behavior is shtick vs. reality is up for debate, but Strickland’s social media tends to generate controversy either way.

Earlier today, Strickland touched on an extremely sensitive topic in his usually brash manner. There’s a trend in women’s MMA of athletes dating coaches, which has been described as problematic on its own. If the female athletes start their training while underage, well, that’s where the situation could be considered abuse.

Strickland doesn’t like it and is quick to say so. Primarily targeting Aspen Ladd and her head coach/boyfriend Jim West, Strickland went on the offensive, labeling West a “grooming sexual predator” and wondering if Ladd suffers from Stockholm Syndrome.

In response to fans bringing up Pat Barry’s relationship with Rose Namajunas, Strickland also included that duo in his rant.

At the time of writing, neither Ladd, Namajunas, or their partners have publicly responded to Strickland’s posts.

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