What is Sean Strickland's UFC Record?

Last Modified May 25, 2024 07:47 GMT
What is Sean Strickland's UFC Record?
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Sean "Tarzan" Strickland, an MMA fighter from Anaheim, California, is a former UFC middleweight champion, having won the title from Israel Adesanya at UFC 293. Known for his controversial persona, Strickland endured a difficult upbringing in an abusive household.


He launched his professional career in 2008 with King of the Cage, amassing a perfect 9-0 record before facing Josh Bryant for the King of the Cage Middleweight Championship at KOTC: Unification on December 9, 2012. Strickland won by split decision and defended the belt three times before joining the UFC.


Strickland's UFC debut came on March 15, 2014, at UFC 171, where he defeated Bubba McDaniel via first-round rear-naked choke. After compiling a UFC record of 15 wins and 5 losses, Strickland earned a title shot at UFC 293 against Adesanya. Despite being the underdog, he secured a dominant unanimous decision victory to claim the middleweight belt.


Unfortunately, Strickland lost the belt in his first title defense against the South African fighter Dricus du Plessis at UFC 297 on January 20, 2024. The California native’s next outing is at UFC 302 against the 7th-ranked middleweight Paulo Costa on June 1, 2024.


Sean Strickland UFC Record


Sean Strickland holds a record of 15 wins and 6 losses in the UFC, with 11 of his wins coming via knockout (15-6-0). Throughout his professional MMA career, Strickland has compiled a respectable record of 28 wins, and 6 losses (28-6-0). The Californian’s last outing was against Dricus du Plessis at UFC 297 on January 20, 2024. In this bout, he lost the UFC middleweight title via a razor-close split decision.



ResultRecordOpponentMethodEventDateRoundTimeLocation
Loss28–6Dricus du PlessisDecision (split)UFC 297January 20, 202455:00Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Win28–5Israel AdesanyaDecision (unanimous)UFC 293September 10, 202355:00Sydney, Australia
Win27–5Abusupiyan MagomedovTKO (punches)UFC on ESPN: Strickland vs. MagomedovJuly 1, 202324:20Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win26–5Nassourdine ImavovDecision (unanimous)UFC Fight Night: Strickland vs. ImavovJanuary 14, 202355:00Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss25–5Jared CannonierDecision (split)UFC Fight Night: Cannonier vs. StricklandDecember 17, 202255:00Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss25–4Alex PereiraKO (punches)UFC 276July 2, 202212:36Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win25–3Jack HermanssonDecision (split)UFC Fight Night: Hermansson vs. StricklandFebruary 5, 202255:00Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win24–3Uriah HallDecision (unanimous)UFC on ESPN: Hall vs. StricklandJuly 31, 202155:00Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win23–3Krzysztof JotkoDecision (unanimous)UFC on ESPN: Reyes vs. ProcházkaMay 1, 202135:00Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win22–3Brendan AllenTKO (punches)UFC Fight Night: Felder vs. dos AnjosNovember 14, 202021:32Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win21–3Jack MarshmanDecision (unanimous)UFC Fight Night: Hall vs. SilvaOctober 31, 202035:00Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win20–3Nordine TalebTKO (punches)UFC Fight Night: Volkan vs. SmithOctober 27, 201823:10Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada
Loss19–3Elizeu Zaleski dos SantosKO (spinning wheel kick and punches)UFC 224May 12, 201813:40Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win19–2Court McGeeDecision (unanimous)UFC Fight Night: Poirier vs. PettisNovember 11, 201735:00Norfolk, Virginia, United States
Loss18–2Kamaru UsmanDecision (unanimous)UFC 210April 8, 201735:00Buffalo, New York, United States
Win18–1Tom BreeseDecision (split)UFC 199June 4, 201635:00Inglewood, California, United States
Win17–1Alex GarciaKO (punches)UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. CowboyFebruary 21, 201634:25Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Win16–1Igor AraújoDecision (unanimous)UFC Fight Night: Mir vs. DuffeeJuly 15, 201535:00San Diego, California, United States
Loss15–1Santiago PonzinibbioDecision (unanimous)UFC Fight Night: Bigfoot vs. MirFebruary 22, 201535:00Porto Alegre, Brazil
Win15–0Luke BarnattDecision (split)UFC Fight Night: Muñoz vs. MousasiMay 31, 201435:00Berlin, Germany
Win14–0Bubba McDanielSubmission (rear-naked choke)UFC 171March 15, 201414:33Dallas, Texas, United States


Has Sean Strickland ever been a UFC champion?


Yes, Sean Strickland is a former UFC middleweight champion. He won the belt as an underdog against Israel Adesanya at UFC 293 on September 10, 2023. Adesanya, heavily favored, began the fight with effective kicks and feints, but Strickland’s aggressive style soon took over. In the first round, Strickland hurt Adesanya with a powerful right hand, nearly finishing him before the bell. Adesanya recovered in the second round, landing precise strikes, but Strickland’s pressure remained constant.


Throughout the fight, Strickland's relentless forward movement and solid defense stifled Adesanya’s offense. By the third and fourth rounds, Strickland was landing the more significant strikes, keeping Adesanya on the back foot. In the fifth and final round, Strickland’s intensity did not wane, as he continued to land jabs and overhand rights, sealing his dominant performance. The judges scored the fight 49-46 in favor of Strickland, crowning him the new UFC middleweight champion in a shocking upset.

FAQs on Sean Strickland's UFC Record

A. 28 wins, and 6 losses (28-6-0).

A. Sean Strickland maintains a UFC record of 15 wins and 6 losses (15-6-0).

A. Sean Strickland's next fight will see him squaring off against Paulo Costa on June 1, 2024.

A. Sean Strickland competes in the middleweight division and weighs 185 lbs or 84 kg.

A. Sean Strickland defeated Israel Adesanaya at UFC 293 via a unanimous decision. 

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