UFC champion warns about Strickland’s mental health and relates it to training: ‘It’s not well’

UFC champion warns about Strickland’s mental health and relates it to training: ‘It’s not well’
UFC champion warns about Strickland’s mental health and relates it to training: ‘It’s not well’
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UFC bantamweight champion Sean O’Malley gave his opinion on the mental health issues involving Sean Strickland (Photo: Disclosure/UFC)

Current owner of the bantamweight belt UFC, Sean O’Malley was not surprised to learn that Sean Strickland, former holder of the UFC middleweight title, admitted to experiencing constant mental health problems. Last month, Strickland told his social media followers that despite having everything he wants, he sometimes feels “bad mentally” and that he considers himself a “danger” to others.

Through a statement on his podcast, the “TimboSugar Show,” Sean O’Malley hinted that the former UFC middleweight champion’s mental health issues may be related to too many sparring sessions during his training. at the gym.

“It’s like, duh… Anyone who says they literally have (the desire) to kill people is probably not mentally well. You either love it or you hate it, and if you want to kill people for no reason… I mean, he’s honest about it, which is pretty crazy,” said O’Malley, who followed up:

“Just go out there, fight and get hit in the head – not that he takes a lot of hits, but if you don’t take a lot of hits, but you train every day, that makes sense,” he concluded.

Currently 33 years old, Sean Strickland has already confided that he comes from humble origins and that he went through financial difficulties during his childhood in California (USA). However, his biggest problem was related to his father, who had problems with alcoholism and psychologically and physically abused his wife and also his children.

Because he was just a child at the time he was abused by his father, Strickland developed anger at the whole situation and some trauma. The former UFC champion has already reported that, as a teenager, he began to retaliate against his father’s actions, mainly aiming to defend his mother from the attacks she suffered. Some fights even ended up turning into police cases on certain occasions.

With 28 wins and six losses throughout his career in professional MMA, Sean Strickland became UFC middleweight champion in September last year, when he defeated Israel Adesanya in the main fight of UFC 293. However, in January this year, In his first title defense, which took place in the main event of UFC 297, “Tarzan” ended up being controversially defeated by South African Dricus Du Plessis in a split decision by the judges.

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Matthew Machado

Journalist passionate about fights and football. Working for TATAME since 2015, I had the honor and privilege of covering major MMA, Jiu-Jitsu and other martial arts events over the last few years, as well as interviewing some of the biggest names in the world of fighting. “Obsessed” with information, always willing to tell new stories and witness remarkable moments.


The article is in Portuguese

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