Sean Strickland put in a pretty impressive performance against Uriah Hall at UFC Vegas 33, passing and passing his former teammate for a 50-44, 50-45, 49-46 decision on the judges’ scoreboards. But subsequently, during the post-fight press conference, “Tarzan” sounded somewhat critical of his work in the cage.
“I have to learn to hit harder,” he said. “I kinda hit like a thought. I kind of sucked. They say, “You know you won the middleweight record. I’m like ‘What does that mean? It means I can’t hit that hard.
Although he couldn’t secure an finish, Strickland beat Hall pretty badly, shutting his opponent’s eye.
“I think maybe I broke his orbital,” Strickland said. “Just because in the second round he blinks and rubs his eyes like someone who’s broken their eye socket. I was like ‘Oh yeah, I probably broke his orbital.’ It was honestly a testament to seeing someone who was probably fighting with one eye finish a fight like this.
It was a rather measured and methodical performance by a fighter known for regularly delivering bizarre sound bites. Like, for example, using his victory speech to state “Without the UFC, I would probably cook meth in a trailer or in jail.”
“In fact, I’ve never taken drugs in my life,” Strickland said at the post-fight press conference. “I just think if I took drugs I would probably lose my mind so I stay away. I think after I finish fighting, I’ll go on a mushroom trip. Everyone swears by mushrooms. My pad man is always trying to take me on a mushroom trip, so maybe after I’m done fighting. I don’t think I’m going to get meth. Maybe some acid or something.
“I have never taken drugs. But here’s the thing: if you don’t have a lot of problems, go do drugs, have fun, enjoy your life. But if you are a guy with an addictive personality you watch too much porn, whatever you have to do stay away from drugs it will screw your life up.
It didn’t take much for Strickland to then explain the porn addiction part of this statement.
“Here’s the thing, guys. I’ll give you some advice. You have to jerk off. Like, I don’t know if you have sex regularly, but you have to jerk off once or twice a day, man. If you don’t use it, you lose it. So for me my porn addiction and handjob is nothing I want. I’m just trying to stay angry f-king and stay sharp, you know? I’m also left-handed which is why my jab is so good.
It wasn’t even the craziest part of the press conference. Strickland ended things by casually stating that he hoped to one day kill in the cage.
“If you like to hurt people, you’re in the right sport, man,” Strickland said with a big smile. “I would like nothing more than to kill someone in the ring. Nothing more. It would give me great pleasure. I’d own this shit too. I don’t know if that would make me responsible, maybe I should say I’m sorry if the cops came, but I would own this shit. Own. Be a psychopath, it’s fucking fun!