“Fans…are just cancer” – Chris Curtis exits Twitter decrying MMA’s social media toxicity amid Sean Strickland’s online war with Ian Garry

As Chris Curtis exits Twitter, Sean Strickland and Ian Garry's feud rages on. Fighters like Daniel Cormier and others weigh in on the social media drama, urging a more mature approach.


“Fans…are just cancer” – Chris Curtis exits Twitter decrying MMA’s social media toxicity amid Sean Strickland’s online war with Ian Garry

Christ Curtis amidst Sean Strickland Ian Garry drama (Image via: IMAGO, Instagram/Chris Curtis)

Ian Garry and Sean Strickland engaged in a social media feud after rumors of Garry’s relationship with his wife, Layla Anna-Lee. Garry even threatened to sue Strickland on a personal chat which Strickland leaked on social media. Amidst the toxic feud, Chris Curtis deleted his X (formerly Twitter) account.

Rumors swirled among the MMA community that the Strickland-Garry feud caused his actions. Curtis is a close friend and training partner of Sean Strickland. Apparently, that was not the case. Curtis provided the reason in a recent Instagram post. This is what he posted.

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Actual fans and people who exist on social media..........Twitter is just a safe haven for people who have never accomplished anything..... but Jesus mma fans on Twitter are just cancer and at the end of the day, I genuinely don't care that much about people's weightless opinions ........I shut off my account .
Chris Curtis via Instagram

With the post, Curtis put an end to rumors that the Strickland-Garry feud caused his departure from X. Apparently, Curtis found many X users to be toxic and a cancer upon society. It is a view that is shared by his teammate, Sean Strickland also. Strickland has spoken about it on too many occasions.

Many UFC fighters commented on the situation with Sean Strickland and Ian Garry. Daniel Cormier criticized the approach taken by both Strickland and Garry. He believed that they should find another solution to the matter than social media trolling and legal threats. Moreover, Terrance McKinney, Paulo Costa, and Kevin Holland, among others, also chimed in on the situation.

Chris Curtis fighting in the undercard of UFC 297 headlined by Sean Strickland

UFC 297 is the first PPV event of 2024. Sean Strickland will headline the event in Canada against Dricus Du Plessis. Also fighting in the undercard is Chris Curtis, Strickland’s longtime friend and training partner. The two fighters train at Extreme Couture under the tutelage of Eric Nicksick. Nicksick is in contention for coach of the year for his success with Sean Strickland and Francis Ngannou in 2023.

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Chris Curtis fighting Marc-Andre Barriault in the undercard of UFC 297 headlined by Sean Strickland and Dricus Du Plessis
Chris Curtis fighting Marc-Andre Barriault in the undercard of UFC 297 headlined by Sean Strickland and Dricus Du Plessis (Image via IMAGO, Instagram/Chris Curtis, Marc-Andre Barriault)

Strickland will be defending his title for the first time at UFC 297. Strickland replaced his opponent Dricus Du Plessis at UFC 293, where he defeated Israel Adesanya to become the champion. Khamzat Chimaev was presumed to fight Strickland, but Dana White announced the fight in a surprise announcement.

Chris Curtis will aim to snap his two-fight winless streak at UFC 297 against Marc-Andre Barriault. However, he would have to do it on enemy territory as Barriault will be the hometown favorite in Canada. On the other hand, Barriault is riding a two-fight win streak. The previous two fights of both fighters have been on PPV cards.

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