Sean Strickland’s short reign as middleweight king has been wild.
The wacky American upset the odds by dropping out and outpointing Israel Adesanya to win his 185-pound belt at UFC 293 in Sydney, Australia last weekend.
A week later, he was filmed chasing a man armed with a flamethrower.
Hans Molenkamp, who works with one of Strickland’s main sponsors, Monster Energy, uploaded a clip to social media showing the new UFC star doesn’t understand the dangers of playing with fire.
“I love the smell of burning hair in the morning,” he captioned a clip of Strickland pointing an active flamethrower in his direction and playfully chasing it.
Molenkamp can be heard saying: “You just burned my arm” before showing the damage on camera – but Strickland had nothing to say about the incident.
The 32-year-old simply laughed and shared images on social media.
Earlier this week, Strickland made his first misstep since becoming champion.
After returning home with his £400,000 prize, he took to Instagram to reveal he had broken his belt before trying to fix it on camera.
“Guys, I already broke my belt,” Strickland admitted.
Strickland showed that the gold plate had partly come off the leather, the new UFC champion grabbed some duct tape and jokingly used it to repair the damage.
The video quickly gained over 120,000 likes and Strickland’s comments section was flooded with congratulatory messages and people wondering how he managed to break his belt so early.
However, another group of people were more interested in his choice of decoration, as the known gun enthusiast stared at his belt in front of a wall of guns and ammo.
Strickland is a potential PR nightmare for Dana White.
The UFC CEO will be determined to put his middleweight champion in another fight soon, so he returns to camp where he is only a threat to his sparring partners and not to the general public.
Adesanya is the favorite to face Strickland next, but Dricus du Plessis, Jared Cannonier and Robert Whittaker are also hoping to take their chances against the craziest man in MMA.