The recent incident between UFC veteran Sean Strickland and ADCC World Champion Orlando Sanchez went viral almost immediately, as the pair got into a fight after Strickland accused him of using dirty techniques in training. The pair were standing when Strickland got a little lazy with his underhook and Sanchez launched into the overhook shoulder-crank technique that Jon Jones famously used to fantastic effect against Glover Teixiera in his UFC Light-Heavyweight title defense.
Sanchez recently gave an interview to FloGrappling where they asked him about the video and got his side of the whole issue. He immediately shut down the rumour that he was brought in specifically to help Strickland with preparation for his upcoming fight against Uriah Hall at UFC Fight Night 191, explaining that he was not a part of Strickland’s camp and in fact, didn’t even know who he was or that he was a professional fighter at that time. Allegedly, Strickland was talking trash prior to the start of the video and challenging Sanchez to grapple with him until he finally relented, which is where the video begins.
Reportedly, Strickland travels between California and Las Vegas at least twice a week due to a shortage of willing training partners near to him. This is because he has been kicked out from several academies and training rooms in both cities as a result of his constant disrespectful behavior. Sean Strickland has gained a reputation among quite a few people in the local grappling community as someone you wouldn’t want to train with and it seems as though, upon reflection, the recent grappling session with Orlando Sanchez appears as though it might be almost like a taste of his own medicine.