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Sean Strickland, the reigning middleweight UFC champion, appeared on comedian Theo Von’s podcast on Wednesday, bluntly lamenting that the world was becoming “soft.”
“The world’s getting f–king soft dude,” Strickland said. “We live in this world now where people can just say whatever the f–k they want, and I don’t think that helps people get like hard.”
Strickland extemporized about the internet and the crass communications it enables.
“So it’s like I could go online right now. I could go on the interwebs and I could start telling you to go f–k yourself. F–k your mother. F–k your girlfriend. F–k you, and any kind of recourse that you do — you’ll get in trouble for it. If you do something to me you’ll go to prison … but we weren’t always like that.”
Strickland also invoked President Andrew Jackson as a counterexample to the perceived softness of modern society.
“This man killed a man because he implied his wife was a whore. Just the pure implication of ‘your wife is a whore’ — he killed this man. One of the greatest men of our f–king time. And now it’s like — you know — the government has like slowly just took the nuts away from men.” His remarks refer to an 1806 duel between Jackson and Charles Dickinson, which began over comments about Jackson’s wife Rachel.
Strickland is set to defend his middleweight title against Dricus Du Plessis at UFC 297 next month.
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