Sean Strickland commented on the departure of Francis Ngannou
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Francis Ngannou ended his career in the UFC and rejected the offer of a new contract. That caused a lot of reactions. Sean Strickland is one of those who reacted. Strickland respects Ngannou's attitude and principles. However, he has a different way of thinking and serious plans for the future.
“I respect Francis for that,” Strickland said on The MMA Hour. “I’m going off what Eric [Nicksick] said, and if that was legit and he was just like, ‘Hey, I want to own my brand, I want to be who I am, it’s not about the money,’ I respect that.
Me, personally, I’m not that f****** way. You f****** give me money, I’ll give you my name, I don’t give a f***. So I respect that fact that he stood by what he believed in and he did what he wanted to do. I’m personally not that way, I’m a f****** sellout”.
Stephan Bonnar death
UFC Hall of Famer Stephan Bonnar also passed away recently. However, Strickland is aware that some things in the UFC are not exactly ideal. “I’m a f****** company guy,” Strickland said.
“I love the UFC. I think my commitment to the UFC is not in question. But you’ve got to think, how much money do you think the UFC made off Stephan Bonnar and Forrest Griffin over the years, selling it? ... I’m not saying they have an obligation to give that pie to Stephan Bonnar but ...
if he had a piece of that pie, even a small piece, it could’ve changed his f****** life." Sean is aware that the UFC takes "the biggest part of the cake", but the UFC fighters can hardly do anything about it. “I guess this comes back down to Francis, wanting more of himself.
He wants to own more of himself. I love the UFC, I’m happy, I’m doing things right, I’m making great money, but you look at guys like Stephan Bonnar, who paved the way and made the UFC f****** millions, and the pie definitely was not shared.