LAS VEGAS – Sean Strickland is happy he acquired the position finished, but he’s not specially content with how he bought it accomplished.
The UFC middleweight picked up a unanimous determination gain, outpointing Krzysztof Jotko on the principal card of Saturday’s UFC on ESPN 23 function in Las Vegas. Strickland (23-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC) defeated Jotko (22-5 MMA, 9-5 UFC) 30–27, 30–27 and 29–28 on the judges’ scorecards.
Whilst it was a clear get for Strickland, the 30-calendar year-old is not joyful with with his performance.
“It was all right. I didn’t end him,” Strickland claimed at the UFC on ESPN 23 article-battle news meeting. “It was a battle, and I variety of wish I would’ve concluded him. I kind of fought like a coward. But you get a guy that backs up like that and has very good counters, and you 2nd guess by yourself on overcommitting. I overcommitted after and he hit me, so I was kind of becoming a coward. But it is all suitable. It occurs. Absolutely everyone is permitted to be a b*tch after in their lives.”
But it was not just his effectiveness and his inability to stop Jotko. Strickland got caught with a cleanse upwards elbow to the the chin in round won and that did not sit nicely with him possibly.
“What an embarrassing shot to get hit with,” Strickland reported. “That’s the a person when he fights from now, on they are likely to participate in that on his highlight. I’m going to be his highlight combat. But yeah, he’s a standup guy. I anticipated him to hit me with a thing. I was just mad. I’m not mad at him for undertaking it – if just about anything congratulations. I’m more mad at me for sucking.”
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Strickland is now on a four-fight wining streak and continues to be unbeaten considering that moving back up to middleweight in late 2020. Strickland has no opponent or date in thoughts for a prospective return to the octagon, but he does hope is faster alternatively than afterwards.
“I often like a thirty day period or so for a split. But yeah, let’s get again in there and make some fights, make some dollars,” Strickland stated. “That’s why we’re listed here, appropriate? Make money.”