NORFOLK, Va. – Sean Strickland promises he’s a fighter who is humble in victory or defeat, but he’s not feeling all that bad for Court McGee after the decision in their UFC Fight Night 120 bout was flipped from a majority draw to a unanimous decision.
“When it comes down to fighting, a win’s a win,” Strickland told MMAjunkie. “If I have to rob somebody, I’m sorry, buddy, but I’m going to take that rob. … I’m a gracious winner, and I’m a gracious loser. I like to show my opponent respect before and after the fight. If that was the decision I would have sucked it up and (taken) it, but I’m happy I got the W.”
UFC Fight Night 120 took place Saturday at Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Va. The welterweight fight between Strickland (19-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) and McGee (18-7 MMA, 7-6 UFC) streamed on UFC Fight Pass prior to the remainder of the card on FS1.
Regardless of the outcome, Strickland admits he wasn’t very happy with his performance. He’s 4-2 since he dropped to the welterweight division in February 2015 but feels he could have had much better results if his octagon showing matched what he does in the gym.
“I’m one of those guys, in the gym I’m phenomenal,” Strickland said. “Then when I come out in the fight, I’m fighting at half of what I am. I know it, and I just need to sack up and bring who I am in the octagon. Maybe my next fight you’re going to see it.”
The victory over McGee helped Strickland rebound from a loss to surging 170-pound contender Kamaru Usman at UFC 210 in April. He said he learned a lot from that defeat and plans to build off his performance at UFC Fight Night 120.
“(Usman) knocked me off the ladder, but all I can keep doing is fighting whoever they give me,” Strickland said. “Keep working my way back up to the top.”
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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