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Sean Strickland's coach reacts to Dricus Du Plessis loss at UFC 297: 'We needed to win the optics battle'

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Eric Nicksick believes that Sean Strickland won UFC 297 because he did enough.

Strickland (28-6 MMA, 15-6 UFC) lost his middleweight title in a narrow split decision loss to Dricus Du Plessis (21-2 MMA, 7-0 UFC) in Saturday’s main event at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto.

Strickland’s head coach Nicksick was classy in his reaction to Du Plessis’ win. Nicksick’s initial reaction is that Du Plessis has won. However, he will reconsider his decision later.

“Congratulations to @dricusduplessis and his team. I’ve never encountered a more skilled and classy opponent during fight-week. I’m happy for you, your team, and your country, you made them proud.

The fight was very close. Close fights meant we had to win the optical battle. Live, I had us winning 1,2, & 5, but all that matters are the 3 cage side. I’ll watch it again, to see where we/I can be better. We are grateful to all of our supporters. Next! #TTD ︎

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Strickland believed he had won as well. He claimed that an accidental head clash had caused him to be shattered and affected his vision. He was able to fight through it and won Round 5 on all three judges’…



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