Sean Strickland is nothing flashy about it, unless you’re counting the blows he throws relentlessly to his opponent’s face.
Strickland won his fifth fight in a row Saturday night, overwhelming Uriah Hall with five rounds of aggression and nonstop punching, to earn a unanimous decision at the UFC Fight Night middleweight main event in Las Vegas.
Strickland (24-3) controlled the fight from the start and never allowed the flashy Hall to get going. Strickland came out of his corner when the fight started and he never stopped moving forward. He threw 129 punches in round 1, landing 38, and that set the tone.
Strickland, a 30-year veteran from Corona, California, badly hurt Hall in both the third and fourth rounds, and it seemed like there was an ending to take. Hall, a native of Jamaica fighting in New York, managed to survive. But that was it. The spinning kicks that fill the reel of career highlights were nowhere in sight.
The judges strongly favored Strickland, with scores of 50-44, 50-45 and 49-46.
“Five rounds was a bit of fun,” Strickland said. “You know, the last round is always the most fun. You get so tired that you don’t mind getting hit.”
That’s the attitude of Strickland. And despite being on the longest winning streak of his career, he has no ambitions for upward mobility in the 185-pound division.
“I don’t care. I just want to fight,” he said. “I want to fight. I want to make money.”
Then Strickland pointed to the “UFC” on the mat. “As long as I have that logo under my feet and I’m fighting, I’m happy. Oh my gosh, it gives me purpose. If it weren’t for the UFC, I’d probably be cooking meth and in prison.”
Hall (17-10), who was fighting on his 37th birthday, also entered the night with a four-fight winning streak.