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Who has Strickland lost to?

 Who has Strickland lost to?

Sean Strickland of the United States
 Sean Strickland of the United States fights against Dricus Du Plessis of South Africa in a middleweight title bout during the UFC 297 event at Scotiabank Arena on January 20, 2024 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Image-Getty)

Sean Strickland faced defeat against Dricus du Plessis in a split decision at UFC 297 on January 21, 2024. Du Plessis, also known as "Stillknocks," claimed victory, securing the UFC middleweight championship, while Strickland, aka "Tarzan," suffered the loss.

Several factors contributed to Strickland's defeat. Observers noted Dricus du Plessis's unconventional style, superior cardio, and proficient boxing skills as decisive elements. Du Plessis made strategic adjustments, effectively closing the distance and ultimately clinching the title.

During the bout, Du Plessis demonstrated aggression, applied relentless pressure, and successfully closed the distance on Strickland. Notably, he landed impactful shots, including one that caused a cut above Strickland's eye. While Strickland initially utilized his jab effectively, its efficacy diminished as the fight progressed. Du Plessis, growing more comfortable, honed his range and intensified his blitzes, contributing to his triumph.

Sean Strickland has been part of the UFC since 2014, entering the professional mixed martial arts scene in 2008. His UFC debut occurred at UFC 171 on March 15, 2014, where he secured victory over Bubba McDaniel via a rear-naked choke submission in the first round. With a record of 28-6-0, Strickland previously held the title of middleweight champion in the King of the Cage.

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