Sean Strickland: Training In MMA Helped Stop Homicidal Thoughts
Sean Strickland said when he’s done with MMA, he wants to try connecting with more people.
On Wednesday, Strickland, a UFC middleweight contender, talked with The MMA Hour and expanded on a previous statement where he said he “would love” to kill somebody in a fight.
“You don’t understand me, I like it,” Strickland said. “I like when I leave the house with the potential thought that maybe I could kill someone, I like it.”
“After I’m done with MMA, I probably will work on rewiring my brain, maybe finding more value in human life. Maybe trying to connect more with people,” he added. “But right now I f-cking like it, I f-cking enjoy it, you know? I f-cking like it.”
Strickland has had some exhilirating fights since he came back from a long break. He came back in 2020 and earned four victories in a row. He defeated tough contenders like Brendan Allen, Krzysztof Jotko, and Uriah Hall in a five-rounder battle.
He was supposed to fight with former middleweight champion Luck Rockhold, but Rockhold was forced out from the fight due to injury.
In the interview, Strickland repeatedly explained his “fascination” of killing someone. When asked if he was worried his statement could lead to issues with the UFC, he said he believes nothing will happen as long as he doesn’t act on his thoughts.
The 30-year-old credited his mindset and behavior to stem from past trauma, his relationship with a psychologically abusive father and the influence of his grandfather, who he said put him in the direction of neo-Nazism and racism when he was younger.
“I always say the difference between me and a lot of people, like you can watch Dexter, you can watch The Punisher, you can watch movies and you can think about killing, but I was on the path to where I was gonna act it out. I was fantasizing, so I think that’s why my mom took me to train,” Strickland said.
“Once you start fantasizing enough about it, you start putting yourself in situations to act out the fantasy. And training allowed the outlet for the fantasy to stop. I’d just go train, I’d fight, go train, I’d fight, go train, I’d fight. But if it wasn’t for that, I fantasize about it all the time.”
It’s unclear if the UFC is looking for a replacement to step in for Rockhold at UFC 268 or postpone the matchup.