Sean Strickland had a surprise sparring partner recently.
On Monday, Sean Strickland posted home security footage that shows the UFC middleweight champion detaining a man at gunpoint in front of his home.
The clip begins with a man stumbling down a residential street into a driveway. As the unnamed man kneels between two vehicles in the driveway, a different camera shows an armed Sean Strickland descending a walkway with hard rock music edited into the video.
After another jump cut, Sean Strickland is shown pointing a pistol at the man. The man attempts to walk away and makes it to the street before Strickland shoves him to the ground. He then steps on the man and aims the gun at him again while telling him to “get the f*ck down.”
Sean Strickland gave a brief explanation for the chaotic video in the caption.
“Here’s what I know….
The guy was drunk stomping out a girl, a security guard seen it, he jumped in his car and drove off. Security followed him, hit a curb, completely shredded his tire, drove on the rim for awhile then jumped out and tried to hide at my house. I initially thought he was stealing my car..
He was arrested.”
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This is not the first time that a UFC fighter has participated in vigilantism.
Welterweight contender Kevin Holland has been involved in two similar incidents. In October of 2021, Holland caught and choked out a suspected carjacker. The following March, he and a training partner disarmed and detained a gunman inside a Houston restaurant.
Heavyweight champion Jon Jones chased a would-be burglar away from his home with a shotgun. Hours before winning the light heavyweight belt at UFC 128, Jones stopped a purse snatcher after a foot chase.
Just two weeks ago Strickland was announced as the headliner of 2024’s first pay-per-view event opposite Dricus Du Plessis for his first title defense since dethroning Israel Adesanya in one of the sport’s most shocking upsets. UFC 297 takes place on Jan. 20 from Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena.