Dricus du Plessis consecrated the world middleweight champion from the Ultimate Fighting Championship by grabbing the belt from Sean Strickland this Saturday, January 20, in the event UFC 297 held at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Canada, on a card where the American was also crowned Raquel Pennington.
The South African knew how to stop the now-former champion from the first moment, even in the past when he attacked him with low blows that reminded him of his difficult childhood and his relationship with his father, aspects of which he himself. Strickland He realized that they were too far gone, and he didn’t want to listen again.
Already inside the combat cage, du Plessis proved to be superior, and right from the start, he was able to dominate the fight against a Strickland who was not in his best version and who suffered a rare cut on his eyebrow that bled for more than half of the fight.
But not a single fighter would give an inch, and during the last seconds, it became a fight of pride where the American resisted until he couldn’t take it, even though he was very tired.
The judges gave the fight against Dricus du Plessis a split decision, with two cards (48–47) in favor of South Africa and another with the same result but giving Strickland the winner.
“Thank you very much, Canada. South Africa! That’s a great country; it’s history. I thought the eliminations would work because the fight was so close. I knew I could do it because I was stronger; in the last two, I knew it. “Who says I’m not a fourth- and fifth-round fighter?He’s a good guy; it’s an honor to share the cage with you,” said du Plessis after the victory.