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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.
Sooooooooooo I'm pretty sure @TheAspenLadd is suffering from Stockholm syndrome........ lmao!!!!!!!!— Sean Strickland (@SStricklandMMA) April 21, 2022
I didn't really care about the corner
video but when you add some other facts to the situation it's a little fucking creepy lmao!!!
Women are very easy targets for male coaches, automatically assume weird father role which turns into a hero worship complex. The fact you started to train with him at what 12? 100 percent grooming sexual predator. Tell me my facts are wrong and I'll apologize now. @TheAspenLadd— Sean Strickland (@SStricklandMMA) April 21, 2022
In response to fans bringing up Pat Barry’s relationship with Rose Namajunas, Strickland also included that duo in his rant.
Is Jim West and Pat Berry the Weinstine of mma? Or is Michael Jackson a better comparison...@netflix is currently contacting @TheAspenLadd and @rosenamajunas for a TV series lol!!!!!— Sean Strickland (@SStricklandMMA) April 21, 2022
OK I'm done gotta spar..
At the time of writing, neither Ladd, Namajunas, or their partners have publicly responded to Strickland’s posts.
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It’s somehow been over six months since my last fight, and I’m once again booked to compete, this time at Urijah Faber’s A-1 Combat promotion in Sacramento, California on May 28.
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Top Flyweight prospect vs. LFA champ sounds like a really quality fight to me!
21-year-old flyweight prospect Muhammad Mokaev (@muhammadmokaev) has booked his second appearance in the UFC, per sources. Will meet LFA champ Charles Johnson (@InnerGmma) on July 23. Super high on Mokaev. Big shot for Johnson to derail him in his UFC debut. pic.twitter.com/K4nhpEIu3Z— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) April 21, 2022
Don’t f—k with Mike Tyson seems like such common sense, yet it seems like a PSA is necessary.
Dana White made the right call when on the same flight as Mike Tyson. pic.twitter.com/s01w9GAcFo— Dovy (@DovySimuMMA) April 21, 2022
Someday, fight fans will tune into PFL. On the plus side, their pacing last night was better than in 2021!
The heart-breaking translation of Chan Sung Jung’s post-fight comments at UFC 273 ...
The Korean Zombie after losing to Volkanovski at UFC 273 pic.twitter.com/ioJptbq7NF— Fight Scout (@FightScoutApp) April 21, 2022
Georges St. Pierre working his jiu-jitsu with the Danaher Death Squad crew:
Slips, rips, and KO clips
One of the most iconic finishes in UFC history happened 15 years ago today:
One big right hand along the fence can dramatically change the course of a fight.
Armbars can be tricky when the opponent doesn’t care about his arms.
Excuse me Sir, please put down our gym equipment Sheesh!!! Try to act civilized pic.twitter.com/tGrmGMMSY2— SinnamonSCouture (@SinnamonCouture) April 15, 2022
Midnight Music: Post-punk, 1981
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