A sparring injury cost Sean Strickland his October 15 fight with Jared Cannonier. “Tarzan” was injured after cutting the index finger of his right hand with the teeth of one of his sparring partners.
Strickland explained the situation in a video posted to Twitter by MMA reporter Alex Behunin. In the video, the seventh-place middleweight contender explained that his finger is now infected:
“I punched a dude in the face and you know it was consensual but I punched him in the tooth and now my finger is horribly infected. So now I have to go and clean this thing up.”
Watch the clip below:
On Tuesday, following the latest Dana White’s Contender Series (DWCS) fight card, the UFC president announced that the middleweight fight had been cancelled.
In his last entry into the octagon, Sean Stickland was defeated by a first-round knockout at UFC 276 by fifth-place middleweight contender Alex Pereira.
Cannonier, on the other hand, fought middleweight champion Israel Adesanya in his last fight at UFC 276. Gorilla Killer lost the fight via unanimous decision.
When Sean Strickland praised Jared Cannonier
Sean Strickland seems to have nothing but respect for Jared Cannonier. In a recent interview with ShmoTarzan praised Cannonier while talking about their now canceled UFC fight.
The California native said the former title contender is a terrific, albeit scary man:
“You know? Jared is a damn cool guy. He’s big, he’s scary as hell, right? We can all recognize this. When you have a name, what is it? Killa Gorilla? You’re a terrible bastard, man. I don’t care what anyone says.”
Watch Sean Strickland talk about Jared Cannonier:
Sean Strickland is apparently also Cannonier’s favorite. During a recent interview with James Lynch, “Gorilla Killer” said he liked the sincerity of the 31-year-old man:
“Now dude [Strickland] grabs the mic and I really enjoy watching how authentic this guy is on camera. So, you know, I’m a fan. I don’t like to understand you… to be who you are. If you’re not being honest with me, you’re definitely not being honest with yourself. You’re just making a different face.”
Watch Jared Cannonier talk about Strickland below: