UFC champ Sean Strickland went off on a reporter in a recent press conference after being asked about past comments he’d made about the LGBTQ community.
Before the wild rant, the UFC Middleweight champion tried to determine if the reporter had voted for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, calling him “the enemy of Canada” when he declined to answer the question.
Strickland is set for the UFC 297 fight on Saturday against Dricus Du Plessis which will be held at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto. The 32-year-old mixed martial artist was asked by the reporter about a 2021 tweet that reportedly read: “If I had a gay son I would think I failed as a man to create such weakness….. If I had a w**** for a daughter I’d think she just wanted to be like her dad lol!!”
The middleweight champion cut off the reporter as he was asking the question, asking him if he was gay. When the reporter said he was not, but that he was an ally of the LGBT community, Strickland asked how he would feel if his son was gay.
“Well then you’re a weak f—ing man,” Strickland said. “You’re part of the f—ing problem. You elected Justin Trudeau. When he seized the bank accounts, like you’re just f—ing pathetic. The fact that you have no f—ing backbone and as he shut down your f—ing country and seized bank accounts, you ask me some stupid s— like that. Go f— yourself. Move the f— on man. F—ing coward.”
WARNING: GRAPHIC LANGUAGE
Idk who this guy is and I don’t care but you’re not a man… But you’d take that as a compliment….. pic.twitter.com/PMR1h4Yp7K
— Sean Strickland (@SStricklandMMA) January 17, 2024
Undaunted, the reporter went on to ask Strickland about comments on the transgender community and the UFC’s partnership with Bud Light.
“Here’s the thing about Bud Light … Ten years ago, to be trans, was a mental f—ing illness,” Strickland said.
“And now, all of a sudden, people like you f—ing weaseled your way into the world … you are an infection. You are the definition of weakness. Everything that is wrong with the world is because of f—ing you. And the best thing is, the world is not buying your f—ing bulls— you’re f—ing peddling,” he continued.
“The world is not saying, you know what, you’re right, ‘Chicks have d—s.’ The world is not saying that. The world is saying, no, there are two genders,” he added. “I don’t want my kids being taught about who they could f— in school. I don’t want my kids being taught about their sexual preference.”
Strickland once again aimed the personal barbs at the reporter.
“This guy is the f–king enemy,” he continued. “You wanna look at the f–king enemy to our world? It’s that motherf—er right there, asking me stupid f–king questions.”