Sean Thomas Strickland is a professional mixed martial artist born in New Bern, Craven County, North Carolina, United States. He is 6’1″ and his fight name is Tarzan.
Raised in Corona, California, USA, Strickland witnessed how his mother was was physically and mentally abused by his father, who has since passed away due to cancer. As a child, Strickland idolized his grandfather, who first put him on the path to becoming a neo-Nazi.
Strickland and his brother Lawrence Strickland were fans of the earliest events of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, which was founded in 1993. Before joining the UFC, Sean competed in the King of the Cage and reigned as the KOTC Middleweight Champion from 2011 to 2013.
Sean started as a middleweight in 2008, moved to welterweight in 2015 and went back to middleweight in 2020. Here are 13 more things about him:
- His fascination with neo-Nazi ideology only grew when he saw “American History X,” which was released on October 30, 1998. He gave up the ideology after befriending people of different races who helped him during his difficult times.
- In the ninth grade, he was kicked out of school for committing a hate crime so his mother decided to take him to an MMA gym where he could work out his problems. In 2005, he began training in MMA.
- On March 22, 2008, he made his professional MMA debut at “KOTC: Protégé” in Laughlin, Nevada, USA where he submitted Tyler Pottett via rear-naked choke. He was undefeated from 2008 to 2014.
- On March 15, 2014, he made his UFC debut at “UFC 171” in Dallas, Texas, USA where he submitted Bubba McDaniel via rear-naked choke. On May 31, 2014, he defeated Luke Barnatt via split decision at “UFC Fight Night 41” in Berlin, Germany.
- On February 22, 2015, his undefeated professional MMA record was broken at “UFC Fight Night 61” in Porto Alegre, Brazil where he lost to Santiago Ponzinibbio via unanimous decision. On July 15, 2015, he defeated Igor Araujo via unanimous decision at “UFC Fight Night 71” in San Diego, California.
- In 2016, he defeated two UFC opponents namely Alex Garcia and Tom Breese.
- In 2017, he lost to Kamaru Usman via unanimous decision at “UFC 210” in Buffalo, New York, USA before defeating Court McGee at “UFC Fight Night 120” in Norfolk, Virginia, USA.
- On May 12, 2018, he was knocked out by Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos at “UFC 224” in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. On October 27, 2018, he defeated Nordine Taleb via technical knockout via punches at “UFC Fight Night 138” in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada. In December 2018, he was riding a motorcycle in Los Angeles and was hit by a car, which rendered him unconscious. He suffered numerous injuries and had a knee operation.
- In 2019, he went on hiatus. In 2020, he defeated two UFC opponents namely Jack Marshman and Brendan Allen.
- In 2021, he defeated two UFC opponents namely Krzysztof Jotko and Uriah Hall.
- On February 5, 2022, he defeated Jack Hermansson via split decision at “UFC Vegas 47” in Enterprise, Nevada.
- On July 2, 2022, he was knocked out by Alex Pereira via punches at “UFC 276” in Enterprise. On December 17, 2022, he lost to Jared Cannonier via split decision at “UFC Vegas 66” in Enterprise.
- He was 31 years old when he defeated Nassourdine Imavov via unanimous decision at “UFC Vegas 67” in Enterprise, which upgraded his professional MMA record to 26 wins and 5 losses.