Midnight Mania! Allen Calls For ‘Perfect’ Strickland Rematch After Joker Injury

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The general combat sports world didn’t expect a whole lot when Sean Strickland relocated from Welterweight to 185-pounds in 2020. It had been two years since his last fight, and Strickland wasn’t really lighting the world on fire at 170-pounds. His first win was a clear-cut decision opposite the brawler Jack Marshman, but it was Strickland’s next bout that really opened some eyes.

In November 2020, Strickland stopped Brendan Allen’s seven-fight win streak and undefeated UFC run with a second-round knockout. In the years since, Strickland has established himself as a Top 10 Middleweight, and Allen just recently broke into the rankings himself. All the while, Allen has been calling for a rematch with Strickland, looking for his shot at revenge.

Originally, Allen was scheduled to face Jack Hermansson in the UFC Vegas 74 main event on June 3, but “Joker” has withdrawn due to injury. Fortunately, Allen sees this as the “perfect” moment to rematch Strickland, who’s scheduled for his own main event in July against relative newcomer Abus Magomedov. Allen suggests the ol’ switcheroo, believing himself a better opponent and better match up for Strickland.

“So @SStricklandMMA,” Allen tweeted. “What do u say my man. It sets us up for a perfect rematch, better build up and definitely a way better main for the fans. We can do it on your date of July 1 if you prefer, fans definitely wana see us fight over UFC 1-0 guy.”

There’s definitely some sound logic to Allen’s argument. Beating Magomedov wouldn’t do much for Strickland, whereas Allen is at least a ranked name even if one that Strickland has already defeated. At this time of writing, Strickland has yet to respond on social media — he’s too busy ranting on Twitter about David Goggins and Dan Crenshaw.

Ultimately, it remains to be seen how UFC handles the situation, but Allen’s proposal would improve at least one of the main events mentioned.


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