Sean Strickland's coach reveals fear for his pupil's fight against Paulo Borrachinha

Eric Nicksick evaluates pupil's fight for fight against Brazilian at UFC 302

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

The technician Sean Strickland, Eric Nicksick pointed out fear for his pupil's fight against Paulo borrachinha. In an interview with 'The Schmo', the coach showed respect to the Brazilian and revealed a scenario in which the former middleweight champion (up to 83,9kg) could have problems in the confrontation. Athletes face each other in the UFC 302.

“Paulo is a threat when he puts your back against the bars. (…) Therefore, I believe he earned this nickname (The Eraser). He is aggressive and seeks to 'turn off your lights'. It's important not to have your back to him in the octagon. He is very good, very dynamic. (…) When one observes his struggle against Robert whittaker, the kicks come out of nowhere. They are very fast. So, we have to make sure Sean doesn’t take risks,” she concluded.

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No UFC 302, Paulo borrachinha will make his second appearance in the 2024 season. In February, the Brazilian met with Robert whittaker and ended up overcoming the judges' decision in a confrontation marked by emotion.

Former middleweight champion, Strickland is looking to regain his status as title challenger. The athlete was dethroned by Dricus Du Plessis at the beginning of the year.

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