Sean Strickland surrenders to provocations and accepts fight against Paulo Borrachinha in the UFC

After exchanging barbs on social media, former middleweight champion surrenders to the proposal and confirms verbal agreement with Brazilian

Paulo borrachinha (left) and Sean Strickland (dir.) can face each other in the UFC 302. Photo: SUPER FIGHTS montage

Earlier this week, MMA fans were able to watch the public exchange of barbs between Paulo borrachinha e Sean Strickland. After the Brazilian accused the former middleweight champion (up to 83,9kg) of having refused to fight, the 'bad boy' surrendered to the provocations and accepted the Minas Gerais challenge. On social media, the North American signed a verbal agreement for the confrontation, which could be confirmed soon.

“I had a meeting with the UFC and told them that I have no desire to be rich. I just want to be able to support my family after my career is over. They supported me and made it happen. It's okay, Borrachinha. I will make your wish come true. Let’s bleed,” wrote Strickland, in his profile on X, old Twitter.

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According to 'MMA Fighting', the possible confrontation has a defined date and location. According to the website, the challenge could represent the co-main event of the UFC 302, which takes place on June 1, in Newark (USA).

If made official, the clash marks Borrachinha's second commitment in 2024. Defeated by Robert whittaker at the start of the season, the Minas Gerais team has not performed twice in one year since 2017.

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The challenge also represents Strickland's second fight of the year. In January, the American stepped into the octagon for his first middleweight title defense, but ended up dethroned by Dricus Du Plessis.

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