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Sean Strickland’s bizarre spray at Israel Adesanya and Aussie champ booed by fans ahead of UFC 276

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UFC fighter Sean Strickland accuses Israel Adesanya of performing sex acts while watching cartoons as Aussie champ Alex Volkanovski is loudly BOOED by fans at wild press conference

  • The powder has been lit for an explosive UFC 276 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas
  • Strickland and Adesanya launched several verbal grenades, regardless that they aren’t scheduled to fight one another at this event in Nevada
  •  Aussie Volkanovski also got a rude shock when his US opponent led the group right into a chorus of boos and jeers after previously preferring to remain relatively quiet

They aren’t even fighting one another UFC 276 but that hasn’t stopped Israel Adesanya and Sean Strickland from launching a rare attack on one another at a media event promoting this weekend’s fight card.

Strickland will face Alex Pereira within the middleweight division on Sunday, Australian time while Adesanya will defend his middleweight title against Jared Cannonier.

Neither seemed particularly fussed with talking about their respective opponents on Friday, though, with Strickland launching a rare spray against Adesanya on the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Strickland has previously ridiculed Adesanya for his love of Japanese anime cartoons and did so again in the course of the press conference.

‘Nobody who beats off to cartoons goes to beat me,’ he said.

Adesanya goes by the monicker ‘The Last Stylebender’ which is a reference to the favored animated TV series Avatar: The Last Airbender. Useless to say, he was not impressed.

‘When you win this fight, once we fight, I’m going to knock you out and do a TikTok dance over your grave,’ he said.

Avatar: The Last Airbender is the animated show where Adesanya got his nickname ‘The Last Stylebender’ from and he’s on the record as being a fan of Japanese anime 

Strickland has also accused  Adesanya of using performance-enhancing drugs up to now, but walked back those claims on the press event.

‘Perhaps the steroids aren’t true but jerking off to cartoons is true,’ he said. 

Meanwhile, Aussie champion Alexander Volkanovski has quickly learned he’s hostile territory together with his US opponent Max Holloway encouraging the group to howl, jeer and boo him in the course of the panel.

While Volanovski has enjoyed two wins against his opponent, the last bout was on Fight Island in the course of the Covid-19 pandemic and no spectators were allowed.

He was aware of their presence this time around, with Holloway egging them on and saying ‘let him have it’.

It was a novel experience for the Australian UFC star who isn’t often involved in promotional stunts or aggressive marketing campaigns to sell his fights.

‘The boos, the whole lot, the energy in here, I adore it. I feed off it. Bring it on,’ Volkanovski said.

Volkanovski chuckled at the hostile reception he received in Las Vegas ahead of his trilogy title fight against US fighter Max Holloway

Volkanovski chuckled on the hostile reception he received in Las Vegas ahead of his trilogy title fight against US fighter Max Holloway

Holloway is not known for being brash like Strickland and Adesanya, but he signalled his intent to fireplace shots at Volkanovski from the moment he walked into the room this time around.

‘This guy [is] talking a few three-peat… this guy don’t even got three highlights within the UFC,’ he said.

It led a somewhat shocked Volkanovski to say: ‘Max got here to play.’

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