VIDEO: Dricus du Plessis: UFC’s New Middleweight Champion

Dricus du Plessis: A Champion's Return Home

The South African sensation, Dricus du Plessis, aged 30, has clinched the UFC Middleweight title. Last weekend at UFC 297 in Toronto, Canada, du Plessis emerged victorious over Sean Strickland. This triumph marks his seventh consecutive win in the premier MMA organization. Following his win, du Plessis boldly challenged former champion Israel Adesanya.

Back in Johannesburg, du Plessis received a hero’s welcome at the airport. Hundreds of fans gathered to celebrate the new UFC champion. Du Plessis expressed his gratitude, overwhelmed by the support:

“Absolutely amazing, it feels incredible. Thanks to everyone, this moment wouldn’t be special without all of you here. This makes it all worth it.”


UFC 297 Full Results

  • Middleweight Title Match: Dricus du Plessis defeats Sean Strickland by split decision (47–48, 48–47, 48–47)
  • Women’s Bantamweight Title Match: Raquel Pennington defeats Mayra Bueno Silva by unanimous decision (49–46, 49–46, 49–45)
  • Welterweight: Neil Magny defeats Mike Malott by TKO (punches) – Round 3, 4:45
  • Middleweight: Chris Curtis defeats Marc-AndrΓ© Barriault by split decision (30–27, 28–29, 30–27)
  • Featherweight: Movsar Evloev defeats Arnold Allen by unanimous decision (29–28, 29–28, 29–28)

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