There’s nothing flashy about Sean Strickland, except you are counting the punches he relentlessly flashes into the face of his opponent.
Strickland received his fifth combat in a row on Saturday evening, overwhelming Uriah Corridor with 5 rounds of aggression and nonstop punch output to win a lopsided unanimous resolution within the middleweight essential occasion of UFC Struggle Night time in Las Vegas.
Strickland (24-3) managed the combat from the beginning and by no means allowed Corridor — who is flashy — to get going. Strickland walked out of his nook when the combat started and by no means stopped transferring ahead. He threw 129 punches in Spherical 1, touchdown 38, and that set the tone.
Strickland, a 30-year-old from Corona, California, harm Corridor badly in each the third and fourth rounds, and a end seemed to be there for the taking. Corridor, a Jamaica native combating out of New York, managed to outlive. However that was all. The spinning kicks that fill his profession spotlight reel have been nowhere to be seen.
The judges went closely for Strickland, by scores of 50-44, 50-45 and 49-46.
“5 rounds was somewhat enjoyable,” mentioned Strickland. “You recognize, the final spherical is all the time the funnest. You get so drained, you do not care about getting hit.”
That is Strickland’s perspective. And regardless of being on the longest profitable streak of his profession, he has zero ambition for upward mobility within the 185-pound division.
“I do not care about it. I simply wish to combat,” he mentioned. “I wish to combat. l wish to generate income.” Then Strickland pointed on the “UFC” on the mat. “So long as there’s that brand beneath my toes and I am combating, I am completely satisfied. Oh my god, it offers me objective. If it wasn’t for the UFC, I might in all probability be cooking meth and in jail.”
Corridor (17-10), who was combating on his thirty seventh birthday, additionally entered the evening on a four-fight profitable streak.