After Dana White’s Contender Series last night. The boss took part in his usual post-show media scrum. One thing that was brought up by Dana was the fact Sean Strickland was no longer able to compete on October 15th.
Sean Strickland is notorious for going exceptionally hard in sparring. This is where he picked up his injury ahead of his main event fight. After an alleged good session, Sean would, unfortunately, clip someone’s tooth with a punch.
Coming off worse for wear, this incident left Strickland with a cut, which has since become badly infected. He explained the details of the incident on his Instagram.
In the video, he is at the hospital and his finger is visibly swollen and leaking nasty fluid. He said: “Camp was going really f**cking good.” “I had a hard sparring Thursday. I woke up Friday and I was like hey you know what my finger is a little sore.” He continued with, “I went to the hospital, turns out I have a really bad infection from a tooth.”
What Happens Next?
This injury now leaves October 15th without a main event. A high-level Flyweight bout was co-main and could serve as an apt main should the UFC opt not to fill the void left by the Middleweights. Askar Askarov vs Brandon Royval could be a fine main event. However, with a month and a half till the event, there is still plenty of time to pull some strings.
In the same video, Sean said he would be out for about three weeks. This gives the UFC the option to reschedule the fight with Cannonier relatively quickly.
With a big card at UFC 281 taking place on November 12th. The fight might just make the cut for this event. Headlined by each of the men’s last opponents. The main event is a Middleweight championship fight between Israel Adesanya and Alex Pereira.
Israel Adesanya is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Jared Cannonier, defending his belt at UFC 276. Alex Pereira produced a stunning KO over Sean Strickland to earn his shot at gold at the same event.
Would you like the UFC to keep this match-up together for a later date?
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