Sean Strickland - King of the CageSaturday, Dec. 8, was supposed to settle dispute of who was the one and only King of the Cage middleweight champion, but in the end, it left more questions than it might have answered.

Originally scheduled to be a five-round bout between interim champion Josh Bryant and reigning champion Sean Strickland, the bout was reduced to three rounds due to weight issues.

“Josh came in six pounds overweight, and honestly, it didn’t bother me (in the slightest),” said Strickland. “I knew I was going to win, so it was just another fight for me.

“I look at it from a fighter a standpoint: the longer that you’re in the cage, the more chance you could get injured or something bad can happen. It just increases your odds of possibly being out a couple months, so I was fine with it becoming a three-round fight.”

Things were further complicated when it was announced that there was a split-decision, won by Strickland.

“I think I was busier,” said Strickland when asked what he felt gave him the edge in the fight.

“He definitely won the first round, there’s no doubt, but in the second round I started feeling more in a rhythm and getting my punches off – even though I really wasn’t pulling the trigger – and was busier in the second and in the third and I think that’s made my case.”

As far as Strickland is concerned, he is the undisputed champion and is moving on, though he can’t help but feel he could have done better in the fight.

“People don’t know that this was my first real stand-up fight,” he said. “Before the fight, I told my coaches I wasn’t going to take it to the ground, I was going to keep it standing, and honestly, I don’t feel like I performed up to my ability.

“I was actually kind of disappointed with my performance, but it was a learning experience.”

Strickland says that at 10-0 and four years into his career, experience is the biggest thing he wants to work on as he continues to take steps forward.

“I look at the top fighters out there and realistically picture how I would do if I fought them,” he said. “I feel I’d do well, skillfully, in the gym, but under the lights (of a big stage), I don’t think I have the experience yet.

“My next few fights, I want to gain as much experience as I can and stay in there as long as I can. I want to feel it out and become more comfortable inside the cage.”

Strickland is looking to gain that comfort sooner rather than later, as he has big plans for himself in 2013.

“I’m fighting in February, and while it’s not set in stone (who my opponent will be) yet, it should be a pretty good match-up,” he said. “If I win that fight I have some tough guys lined up like past UFC fighters, and seeing how I do against them, it will give me a realistic view of how good I am.

“If I do well, I’d like to move on from there and take it to the next level.”

(Photo courtesy of King of the Cage and Monstro Photos)

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Nate Diaz Wants to Box Because UFC Put Him on the Shelf | MMAWeekly.com

  • 29 days ago
  • 435 views

Nate Diaz recently applied for a boxing license because he is "being put on the shelf" by the UFC. read news >>

UFC Performance Institute Hopes to Minimize Injuries, Advance Training Techniques | MMAWeekly.com

  • 28 days ago
  • 10 views

UFC recently unveiled irs newly constructed Performance Institute in Las Vegas. The enormous, 30,000 square foot facility was built to assist fighters. read news >>

UFC on FOX 23 video highlights: Francis Ngannou vs. Andrei Arlovski

  • 26 days ago
  • 15 views

Is Francis Ngannou ready for the next level of heavyweight opponent? The answer likely is: Oui. Filed under: News, UFC, Videos read news >>

ONE Championship Bantamweight Casey Suire Killed in a Motorbike Accident | MMAWeekly.com

  • 17 days ago
  • 13 views

ONE Championship bantamweight Casey Suire was killed in an accident in Bali recently. read news >>

Nate Diaz Responds to Dana White's UFC Fight Offer | MMAWeekly.com

  • 16 days ago
  • 1796 views

UFC president Dana White recently said that Nate Diaz had been offered a fight, and he was awaiting a response. It appears that he now has one. read news >>

Bellator in Talks with Former UFC Broadcaster Mike Goldberg | MMAWeekly.com

  • 14 days ago
  • 8 views

Longtime UFC broadcaster Mike Goldberg was recently released by the promotion, but could become the latest UFC free agent to come to terms with Bellator. read news >>

UFC 209: Tyron Woodley vs. Stephen Thompson Full Card Preview and Predictions

  • 10 days ago
  • 37 views

Last Saturday's UFC 208 was an ugly card, but things will return to normal at UFC 209...more or less. Two incredibly compelling fights sit atop the March 4 event in the welterweight title match betwe read news >>

Sean Strickland vs. Kamaru Usman added to UFC 210 in Buffalo

  • 9 days ago
  • 3 views

April’s UFC 210 lineup has a new matchup featuring rising welterweight contenders.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Jake Shields Blasts Antifa After Saving Trump Supporter from Getting Beaten (video) | MMAWeekly.com

  • 8 days ago
  • 40 views

Jake Shields, who rescued a Trump supporter from rioters, recently went into detail about the incident, blasting the masked anti-fascist attackers. read news >>

Elias Theodorou: Cezar Ferreira's win streak against 'tomato cans on the ground'

  • 5 days ago
  • 11 views

HALIFAX – There are some things UFC middleweight Elias Theodorou would like to point out about his next opponent, Cezar Ferreira.Filed under: Featured Videos, News, UFC, Videos read news >>