Sean Strickland and Luke Barnatt Talk About Their Upcoming Bout At UFC Fight Night 41
Posted by Joseph Lee on 05.29.2014
A middleweight fight...
In an interview with MMA Junkie, middleweights Sean Strickland (14-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and Luke Barnatt (8-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) spoke about their upcoming fight at UFC Fight Night 41. Both are currently undefeated.
Strickland on thinking Barnatt's record isn't too impressive: "He's picked and chosen his opponents very well. When you watch him fight some guys, they've dragged out. That kind of shows a chink in your armor, because when you look at a guy's record, you don't look at his wins or how he's won; you look at who's he beat and how he's beat them. He's shown a lot."
Barnatt on Strickland's inexperience in UFC: "He beat (Robert) ‘Bubba' McDaniel, who was on the same season (of ‘The Ultimate Fighter') as me, and I don't see it as the same level. I think this is new to him; the UFC is new to him. I'm used to it. I'm comfortable now. I'm looking to get a finish, and that takes me to 4-0, and I'm the guy to watch."
Barnatt on Strickland's gym experience: "Everyone's got sparring partners. My boxing coach said it best, and I'm going to quote him: ‘They think they can handle it. They imagine they can handle it. They see you on weigh-in day, and you look frail and weak. They step into the octagon on fight day, and the first punch you land on them, the world falls out of their ass.'"
Strickland on why Barnatt lands strikes: "His reach gets him by. The way he strikes, his kicks, a lot of these things, he's getting by because guys aren't used to that height, but I'm so used to sparring guys with his height and reach, so it's not going to be some shocking thing for me."