Dana White justifies people’s growing interest in Sean Strickland

Dana White shares his thoughts on Sean Strickland's rising popularity

by Aryan Lakhani
Dana White justifies people’s growing interest in Sean Strickland
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Sean Strickland is at the peak in every area of his life; last year, if someone said Sean Strickland would become the middleweight champion of the world – not many would have believed that. Before fighting Adesanya and getting a title shot, Sean Strickland fought against Abus Magomedov, a fighter who is not even featured in the top 15 rankings.

So, from fighting an unranked opponent to becoming the middleweight champion would be a little difficult for many to digest. The whole world is talking about Sean Strickland right now; Dana White believes Strickland’s growing popularity is a result of him being an underdog.

Dana White on Sean Strickland

In a recent interview, Dana White spoke about the attention Sean Strickland is getting recently and explained the reason behind it. “Let me tell you this: So on Instagram, I have 8.3 million followers.

Me wrapping the belt on him did 16 million views,” White said, as quoted by mmajunkie.usatoday.com. “DC (Daniel Cormier) was telling me on the flight back, he did interviews with him on his YouTube channel, and it was the biggest he’s ever done or something like that.

If you saw, there was a lot of hype around Strickland early. He lost a couple, hype kind of died down, he came back and he won the world title, and people are fascinated again. I think people love an underdog. He was such a big underdog in that fight, he came out and won.

White further said: People were saying, ‘Oh, don’t take away the fact that Strickland won the fight,’ good for him. I love that****. I love the support he’s getting, it’s great.“It is what it is, we obviously put him in that position, and he went in and delivered and won the fight, and he’s the champ now.

You know what you’re getting when you get him. This is no surprise, no shock. Good for him”.

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