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Sean Strickland has done it. He has become the UFC Middleweight Champion and has shaken up the way the rankings in the division look. In one fell swoop, Strickland knocked off former champion Israel Adesanya and catapulted himself to number 5 on the UFC’s official pound-for-pound list.
The win has resulted in a major shakeup amongst the top middleweights with Robert Whittaker, Jared Cannonier, and Marvin Vetti all moving down a spot to the number one, two and three spots respectively. But the biggest ripple has been that Adesanya has be demoted to number five in the rankings.
What’s next for Strickland? It looks as though he will be granted an immediate rematch against Adesanya, which would be the right thing to do. Strickland’s coach Eric Nicksick recently discussed the rematch with MMAJunkie, citing that Adesanya’s camp may have a lot of work to do if they hope to win back the belt.
Nicksick believes that Adesanya should be given the rematch out of respect for the fighter’s long history and body of work. He went on to say that he does not believe that a few minor adjustments would result in Adesanya reclaiming his title. There, he said, would be much more to be done if Adesanya wishes to win back the championship.
The fight community awaits with eager anticipation to see what the future holds for Strickland and Adesanya. There’s no doubt that this rematch will be one of the most anticipated in UFC history. Will Strickland sustain his victory and hold on to his title? Or will Adesanya make the adjustments necessary to reclaim his crown? All of these questions and more will be answered in due time, and we can’t wait to see what happens