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

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, even though they are not scheduled to fight each other at this event in Nevada
  •  Aussie Volkanovski also got a rude shock when his US opponent led the crowd into a chorus of boos and jeers after previously preferring to stay relatively quiet

They are not even fighting each other UFC 276 but that hasn’t stopped Israel Adesanya and Sean Strickland from launching an extraordinary attack on each other at a media event promoting this weekend’s fight card.

Strickland will face Alex Pereira in 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 an extraordinary spray against Adesanya at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

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

‘No one who beats off to cartoons is going to beat me,’ he said.

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

‘If you win this fight, when we fight, I am 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 is on the record as being a fan of Japanese anime 

Strickland has also accused  Adesanya of using performance-enhancing drugs in the past, but walked back those claims at the press event.

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

Meanwhile, Aussie champion Alexander Volkanovski has quickly learned he is hostile territory with his US opponent Max Holloway encouraging the crowd to howl, jeer and boo him during the panel.

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

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

It was a unique experience for the Australian UFC star who is not usually involved in promotional stunts or aggressive marketing campaigns to sell his fights.

‘The boos, everything, the energy in here, I love 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 at the hostile reception he received in Las Vegas ahead of his trilogy title fight against US fighter Max Holloway

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

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

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