UFC Star Sean Strickland: I'd Have 'Failed as a Man' if I Had a Gay Son

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Friday January 7, 2022
Originally published on December 28, 2021

UFC middleweight Sean Strickland added to his catalogue of controversial statements, equating gay men with "weakness" before saying that gays are "lucky" because they "have sex" all the time, MMA News reported.

Strickland, who stands at #7 in the UFC middleweight rankings, posted the first part of his remarks on Twitter on Dec. 27. He was "responding to a fan's colorful question about whether the welterweight would rather have a homosexual son or a promiscuous daughter," the site detailed.

"If I had a gay son I would think I failed as a man to create such weakness," the 30-year-old fighter wrote.

Strickland then added: "If I had a whore for a daughter I'd think she just wanted to be like her dad lol!"

Only a few minutes later, however, and reportedly amidst criticism for the post, Strickland sent out another tweet in which he seemed to express his admiration for the ease with which he asserted gay men can have sex, BJPenn.com reported.

"LISTEN gay men are great, i support them and their choices. freedom!" Strickland tweeted.

"Gay guys have it made," he continued. "Most gay guys I know are always happy. They all just get to hang with buddies all day and have sex.. us straight men, we're fucked... we gotta do some serious work to get laid."

"Not fair," the controversial UFC star concluded.

RT related that Strickland, in recent months, "has risen from relative obscurity to become one of the UFC's most contentious mouthpieces" with a series of controversial comments, including a declaration that he would "like nothing more" than to kill one of his opponents inside of the cage, adding that "being a psychopath" is "f*ckng fun."

The comments were in line with remarks Strickland made in an interview last summer, in which, Yahoo! News reported, he claimed that "if it weren't for MMA, then he'd probably be in prison because he 'finds so much enjoyment in hurting people.'"

MMA recounted that Strickland's recent remarks have also included an endorsement of masturbation as a training technique — "crediting the practice for his powerful left jab," as the site put it in an earlier post — as well as a diatribe the fighter launched against transgender MMA star Alana McLaughlin. Hurling transphobic invective at McLaughlin, Strickland demanded that she "Get out of women's MMA coward."

Strickland "also recently opened up on his disturbing background in which he was raised in a neo-Nazi environment," the RT article added, "something he says that he is glad he managed to emerge from unscathed."

According to BJPenn.com, Strickland is currently "riding a five-fight winning streak" that has, along with his inflammatory remarks, propelled his rise to fame.

RT observed that the head of UFC, Dana White, "has yet to make any moves to silence Strickland throughout his recent run of controversy, but has strongly hinted on numerous occasions that he and his company stand in opposition to the 'Cancel Culture' movement which, in theory at least, would seek to muzzle the type of outspoken comments Strickland has uttered so far this year."

Reports noted that Strickland is slated for a highly-anticipated bout with UFC champ Jack Hermansson, with the match scheduled to take place February 5.

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Associate Arts Editor and Staff Contributor. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.