VIDEO: Watch the first face-off between Paulo Borrachinha and Sean Strickland before UFC 302

This Thursday (30), the two middleweight standouts came face to face for the first time at the Press Conference, held in New Jersey (USA)

S. Strickland and P. Borrachinha facing each other (Photo: Reproduction/UFC)

The time is coming. Protagonists of the co-main fight of UFC 302, which takes place next Saturday (01), Sean Strickland e Paulo borrachinha they came face to face for the first time this Thursday (30), at the Press Conference that took place in Newark, New Jersey (USA).

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Current number one in the ranking, Strickland was dethroned last January, in UFC 297 and lost the belt to the South African Dricus Du Plessis in a controversial split decision by the judges. Dreaming of a new reign, the North American needs to win this Saturday (01) to avoid distancing himself from the division's elite.

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Former middleweight challenger, Borrachinha is not having a great time and is coming off three defeats in his last four fights in the organization. Before Strickland in the UFC 302, the Brazilian fighter steps into the octagon needing victory, so as not to be forced to face athletes outside the top-5 of the category in his next commitments.

In the main fight of the show, Islam makhachev will put the lightweight belt on the line for the third time against the veteran Dustin poirier. The card will be held in Newark, New Jersey (USA).

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See the stare between Sean Strickland and Paulo Borrachinha

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