There’s nothing flashy about Sean Strickland, unless you count the punches he relentlessly sends to his opponent’s face.
Strickland won his fifth consecutive fight on Saturday night, crushing Uriah Hall with five rounds of aggression and a non-stop punching out to win a lopsided unanimous decision in the UFC Fight Night middleweight main event in Las Vegas. .
Strickland (24-3) controlled the fight from the start and never cleared Hall – who is flashy – to go. Strickland came out of his corner when the fight started and never stopped moving on. He threw 129 punches in the first round, landing 38, and that set the tone.
Strickland, a 30-year-old from Corona, Calif., Seriously injured Hall in the third and fourth rounds, and a finish appeared to be there for the catch. Hall, a native of Jamaica who was fighting in New York, managed to survive. But that was all. The spinning kicks that fill his career highlight reel were nowhere to be found.
The judges went strongly for Strickland, by scores of 50-44, 50-45 and 49-46.
“Five rounds was a little fun,” Strickland said. “You know, the last lap is always the most fun. You are so tired that you don’t mind being touched. “
This is Strickland’s attitude. And despite being on the longest winning streak of his career, he has no ambitions for upward mobility in the 185-pound division.
“I don’t care. I just want to fight,” he said. “I want to fight. I want to make money.”
Then Strickland pointed the “UFC” on the mat. “As long as there’s this logo under my feet and I’m fighting I’m happy. Oh, my god, that gives me a purpose. Without the UFC, I’d probably cook meth and in jail.”
Hall (17-10), who was fighting on his 37th birthday, also entered the evening on a four-game winning streak.