Luke Rockhold Credits “Stupid” Sean Strickland For Toughness, Outlines Keys to Victory
By FCF Staff
Luke Rockhold continues to toss verbal jabs at his next opponent, Sean Strickland. But, it sounds like the former middleweight champ expects Strickland could be a tough out at UFC 268.
Recently a fight between Rockhold and Strickland was added to the UFC’s November 6th card, which followed a fiery, verbal exchange. More recently, Rockhold spoke with MMA Junkie about his upcoming bout, and the decorated fighter had this to say about Strickland.
“As stupid as he looks and as stupid as he sounds, he’s effective,” Rockhold said. “Probably because he’s so stupid. He just comes forward, he’s got confidence in himself, and he doesn’t question it, and that’s dangerous, for sure. I think he’s somewhat one-dimensional, and being able to expose that is key. He’s just tough – tough and confident. That’s a big problem for a lot of people, so you’ve got to take that confidence from him.
“You’ve got to put him in positions he’s not comfortable with and finish it. I think he’s average everywhere. He’s hasn’t got a great ground game. He doesn’t have great wrestling. Decent boxing. He doesn’t kick much, but he’s tough. He’s tough, and he’s not going to take no for an answer kind of thing. He doesn’t have quit in him. You’ve got to make him quit.”
The 36-year-old Rockhold (16-5) hasn’t fought since July, 2019, when he was KO’d by Jan Blachowicz.
Strickland (24-3), who is 30, is coming off a decision win over Uriah Hall last month.