Recently, Till appeared on Michael Bisping’s Believe You Me podcast and expressed interest in a matchup with Strickland — potentially in a possible return to London for the UFC being rumored for March.
On Saturday, Strickland took to Twitter to announce his polarizing Instagram account has been suspended, along with a response to Till’s respectful callout and what he is seeking as alternatives.
Instagram blocked me, joked about a pedophile dying and I guess they didn't like it lol!!!! Anyways I'm not fighting Darren Till. I want Costa and if Costa can't put down the wine and cookies I want Jack.— Sean Strickland (@SStricklandMMA) November 21, 2021
“I’m not fighting Darren Till,” Strickland stated. “I want [Paulo] Costa and if Costa can’t put down the wine and cookies, I want Jack [Hermansson].”
Costa most recently made headlines for his inability to make the middleweight limit, forcing his decision loss to Marvin Vettori to take place in a light heavyweight bout. UFC president Dana White stated after UFC Vegas 41 that Costa will compete in the 205-pound division moving forward.
Hermansson saw Strickland’s idea for a future matchup in the middleweight division and was on the same page as his fellow 185er.
I’m on the same page. Costa or you.— jack hermansson (@jackthejokermma) November 22, 2021
Strickland, ranked No. 9 in MMA Fighting’s Global Rankings, has been on a tear with five straight victories, the recent four taking place in his return to 185 pounds. The 30-year-old has had his hand raised four times since October 2020 with victories over Jack Marshman, Brendan Allen, Krzysztof Jotko and — most recently in his first main event — Uriah Hall.