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Sean Strickland, UFC 297 coach, takes full responsibility for the loss


Sean Strickland lost the middleweight championship at UFC 297 to Dricus Du Plessis via split decision.  Since Bruce Buffer read out the score in Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Canada, there has been a heated debate about how to score this fight.  

In fights that close, it’s the little things that could have been done that haunt Extreme Couture head coach Eric Nicksick.  

I haven’t seen it yet.  Nicksick, who spoke to the, said: “I haven’t watched it back yet. I haven’t been busy since the moment I arrived. I almost have, I wouldn’t say PTSD but this anxiety about what crumbs were left behind.” Anik & Florian Podcast.  

Nicksick added, “That is what I hate the most.”  “Those close battles hurt me most, because it means that we have left a few crumbs behind.  We lost the optical battle.  I believe we didn’t do the little things to influence the judges, and this is my fault as a coach.  This can be a difficult thing to take because of the title.  It’s an international title, and I know that they are hard to find.”  

Many times, title fights that are split-decisions are immediately rebooked. But the UFC seems to have different plans.  

“I’m certain that these two will end up fighting again at some point,” said UFC…

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