EXCLUSIVE: After training with both Sean Strickland and Khamzat Chimaev, PFL star Sadibou Sy previews potential UFC title fight

Sadibou Sy picks out his favorite in a potential Sean Strickland vs. Khamzat Chimaev title fight.


EXCLUSIVE: After training with both Sean Strickland and Khamzat Chimaev, PFL star Sadibou Sy previews potential UFC title fight

Sean Strickland, Sadibou Sy and Khamzat Chimaev (Image via IMAGO/PFL)

Sadibou Sy is one of the biggest names in the world of combat sports and has been consistently dominating PFL in the last few years. Recently, he did an exclusive interview with FirstSportz where he talked about his relationship with both Sean Strickland and Khamzat Chimaev and his pick if both fighters ever fought. 

Sy mentioned that, firstly, he would be happy about both of them getting the fight and making a good payday for their respective families. The PFL star revealed that both Sean Strickland and Khamzat Chimaev have a champion mentality and he has seen it while training with them. The fighter revealed learning and growing with them while training. He said,

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"If they were to fight, the only thing I would be happy for both of them because they both are gonna make a big big purse to be able to provide for their family. Both of them are champions,both of them are great fighters. I have trained a lot with both of them. I have grown with both of them so this fight wouldn't be about me." 
Sadibou Sy on Firstsportz

Sadibou and Strickland’s training partnership is a shining example of the symbiotic nature of their relationship as fighters. Within the walls of their training facility, they have forged a unique bond built on trust and mutual support.

When one is working on a new technique or fine-tuning their skills, the other is right there, offering guidance and constructive feedback. This dynamic creates an environment of constant improvement where the pursuit of excellence is a shared endeavor.

Sadibou Sy wasn’t surprised that Sean Strickland beat Israel Adesanya to become the new middleweight champion 

Sean Strickland‘s win over former champion Israel Adesanya at UFC 293 is regarded as one of the most shocking upsets in UFC history. However, for Sadibou Sy, who has been training and sparring with Strickland for a long time, it wasn’t that unexpected.

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Israel Adesanya and Sean Strickland
Israel Adesanya and Sean Strickland (Image Courtesy: Imago)

In his remarks to reporters during a media scrum at Xtreme Couture, he conveyed that he had reiterated this sentiment numerous times before: He found Sean’s performance to be completely unsurprising. “There was nothing with that performance from Sean that was surprising for me,” 

Sy emphasized this, reflecting his high expectations of his training partner. He continued, expressing his immense happiness and pride for Sean and highlighting the close bond they share as main training partners.

Furthermore, Sy revealed an interesting detail about their training routine, mentioning that Sean had served as his final sparring partner before he arrived at the media scrum. This underlined their commitment to helping each other grow as athletes. In closing, Sy expressed his anticipation for the future, stating that he’s looking forward to continuing to grow with Strickland.

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