Strickland's coach analyzes his pupil's last defeat and reveals what he would have done differently

Eric Nicksick recognizes the importance of using wrestling in confrontations and suggests that students use more grappling against rivals


Sean Strickland was defeated by Dricus Du Plessis No. UFC 297 (Photo: Playback / Instagram)

Former middleweight champion (up to 83,9 kg.) in the UFC, Sean Strickland controversially lost his belt after facing Dricus Du Plessis. The North American's head coach, Eric Nicksick, opened the game and revealed his view on the strategy applied in the confrontation. In a sincere stance, the coach recognized that the use of Wrestling may be necessary during fights.

“I think the other thing, too, that I'm always harping on to Sean is that this guy knows how to use wrestling. And I'm not asking him to take down Dricus, but in those transitional falls, where we were taken down and Sean made a change, we have the opportunity to stay on top. We have an opportunity to make this position, right now, make him feel like, 'Well, damn, I don't know if I want to do this again,' right? It’s like putting your hand in the cookie jar and no one slaps your hand away,” said Eric in an interview with 'The MMA Hour'.


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J. Gaethje (left) and M. Holloway (right) after the fight at UFC 300. Photo: Reproduction/Instagram @blessedmma

As he continued his speech, the coach highlighted the need not to be afraid of using grappling matches against opponents.

“So you need to understand that when you get knocked down and we get back to your feet, don’t be afraid to do some offensive wrestling. Don't be afraid to change the tide a little. Don't be afraid to knock the guy down a few times and make him worry about getting back up. Because, once again, that puts it in his head: 'Well, maybe I don't want to fall anymore'”, he concluded.

Dricus Du Plessis after fight at UFC 297. Photo: Reproduction/Twitter @UFCNews

Dricus Du Plessis derrotou Sean Strickland. Photo: Reproduction/Twitter @UFCNews

Protagonists of UFC 297, Sean Strickland e Dricus Du Plessis they faced each other for five rounds. At the end of the confrontation, the South African was declared the winner in a split decision by the judges. Despite the triumph, the result was contested by many fans. At the time, Dana White claimed to have seen 'Tarzan' win, but did not grant the opportunity for an immediate rematch.

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