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Adesanya says Strickland Fight would ‘make a lot of money’

Israel Adesanya admits he is interested in a fight against Sean Strickland.

Israel Adesanya is the UFC middleweight champion. To be the champion is to have a target on your back. Although he’s already paired with Robert Whittaker for this weekend’s UFC 271, there are already people calling for the next move. Sean Strickland is one of those people clamoring for their shot.

Sean Strickland (Image credit: Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Strickland is coming off a split decision win over Jack Hermansson last week, and he turned heads both inside and outside the cage.

Strickland has expressed his desire to try his luck against Adesanya in his next outing and might have the resume to prove it. Strickland has won six fights in a row and moved up to sixth in the standings.

Along with his skills and winning streak, Strickland has become more well known in the MMA sphere. Strickland has made outlandish claims about his desire to hurt people and has been seen in sparring videos doing so.

Strickland’s odd behavior has made him the target of headlines and the saying ‘all news is good news’ might just fit him. Because all the attention got him on Adesanya’s radar.

Asked about a possible match with Strickland, Adesanya had this to say:

“I like fresh meat. I like fresh blood,” said Adesanya during a UFC 271 media day scrum. “And we will see. We’ll see after this weekend. I have to see what Bumson and Cannonier do this weekend, and we’ll see.

“It’s going to make a lot of money if he and I really fight. Confidence. [LAUGHS] I’m a bit of a troll, but I’m keeping it a secret. But yes, if it happens, it happens. But we’ll see after this weekend.

While interest from both sides could be there, it seems unlikely that Strickland will be next in line. Adesanya was right when he mentioned Derek Brunson and Jared Cannonier. Both men could be the next logical choice with a win at UFC 271.

As for Strickland and Adesanya, they might get the chance to meet in the future – or if Adesanya loses on Saturday night.

Would you like to see Sean Strickland step in to fight Israel Adesanya?