Sean Strickland blames Paulo Borrachinha for lukewarm fight at UFC 302

The penultimate clash of the event was marked by a lack of emotion between the protagonists


Sean Strickland (left) fighting against Paulo borrachinha (dir.). Photo: Reproduction/X

Sean Strickland blamed Paulo borrachinha for the warm fight presented in the UFC 302. In a press conference moments after overcoming the Brazilian, the 'bad boy' expressed discomfort with his performance. After five rounds, the former champion was declared the winner in a split decision by the judges.

“Sorry, it's very difficult when the opponent doesn't want to fight. I didn't expect that from Costa (Borrachinha). He's not like that. He came up, took a hit and perhaps changed his strategy. Maybe he wanted to be my friend,” Strickland said.


The Brazilian's tormentor, Strickland returned to his winning ways. The athlete made his first commitment since losing his belt at the beginning of the season.

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Standing out at middleweight (up to 83,9kg.), Borrachinha has something to regret. The stumble postponed the athlete's dream of fighting for the belt for the second time.


The setback also maintained the Brazilian's instability in the category. In the last five fights, the fighter had three setbacks.

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