Sean Strickland Blasts Those Paying Respect To Stephan Bonnar After His Death

Sean Strickland is no stranger to going against the grain and he’s proved it again by posting a controversial rant in which he criticizes those who are paying tribute to the late former UFC star Stephan Bonnar, who died at just 45-years-old a few days before Christmas.

In current UFC middleweight fighter Strickland’s opinion the tributes smack of hypocrisy since many people speaking glowingly of him now weren’t there silent during the past few years when he was going through well documented struggles in his personal life.

“Stephan Bonnar just died and like my Instagram feed, Google it’s flooded with pictures of people like, ‘Hey, this is me and Stephan Bonnar training, we’re buddies, we used to hang out back in the day, I’m gonna go post a picture about him and get double tap likes,” Strickland said in an Instagram video.

“But like man the Stephan Bonnar I knew was fucking nuts. He was addicted to opioids, he got arrested, got kicked out of the hospital because they wouldn’t give him opioids, his gym went under during COVID.”

“You know me, I’m an asshole, I’m not gonna go post a picture like ‘Rest In Peace,’ I’m an asshole. You (expletive) people that, like, after he died you post pictures of him in support and all this. Like when this man was losing his sh*t, where were you? And I’m not saying you had to be there for him. But you weren’t there for him then, don’t be there for him now because now he doesn’t need it.”

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