Sean Strickland Comes To Terms With UFC Regarding Paulo Costa Fight

Earlier this week Sean Strickland suggested money was the issue when Paulo Costa revealed that the former middleweight champion had turned down a fight with him, but it seems Strickland has since come to terms with the UFC and is now on-board.

“Well had a meeting with the UFC and told them that I don’t want to be rich. I want to be able to support a family after my career is done,” Strickland wrote on X.

“They actually were pretty supportive, made it happen. Thank you fans!

“Alright @BorrachinhaMMA you got your wish… Let’s do some bleeding.”

Costa had previously indicated that he’d been offered a fight against Jared Cannonier, but that it was Strickland who was his preferred opponent.

According to Costa the UFC had been looking to put on the fight at UFC 302 in Newark, New Jersey on June 1st and would certainly be a welcome addition to that line-up given that as it stands the UFC don’t have a confirmed main or co-main event scheduled for the pay-per-view card.

As things stand the highest profile match-up on the line-up sees Jailton Almeida fighting Alexander Romanov, while Roman Dolidze vs. Anthony Hernandez and Grant Dawson vs. Joe Selecki are also official.

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