Mayra Bueno Silva responds after Sean Strickland suggests he was booked for UFC 297 to “help a couple of ladies” do their job: “He is not a big star”

By Susan Cox - January 11, 2024

Mayra Bueno Silva is responding after Sean Strickland suggests he was booked for UFC 297 to help a couple of ladies do their job.

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UFC 297 will see current middleweight champion Sean Strickland (28-5 MMA) take on Dricus Du Plessis (20-2 MMA) in his first title defense at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Also on the lineup is a bantamweight bout between Mayra Bueno Silva (10-2 MMA) and Raquel Pennington (15-8 MMA) for the vacant women’s bantamweight title.

It was ‘Tarzan’ who took to Instagram with a photo of himself and Du Plessis with the following caption:

“Well Canada time to bring you all some freedom. Didn’t want to fight in Jan or in Canada but was asked to help a couple ladies do their job.. and they call me sexist..”

Sean Strickland was implying that he took the bout in January to help the ladies sell pay-per-views. Apparently, he’s not a fan of Canada either.

That caught the ire of Bueno Silva who spoke with ‘ESPN’ saying:

“Look, on paper, my fight with Raquel is not a good fight. But on paper, Sean Strickland and Dricus Du Plessis is a good fight? No. Sean talks too much. He thinks he is a big star, but he is not a big star. I believe my fight and Sean’s fight; one helps the other.”

Continuing, ‘Sheetara’ said (h/t MMAJunkie):

“On paper, two bad fights for fans. But when we enter the octagon, I do a good fight and Du Plessis does good fights, too. I don’t watch good fights from Sean Strickland. I don’t remember a good fight.”

So, there you have it, Mayra Bueno Silva is not taking any crap from Sean Strickland, but handing back to him the fact that he is not a ‘big star’ nor does he have ‘good fights’.

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