Dana White Praises Strickland Despite Loss at UFC 297
In the electrifying atmosphere of UFC 297 in Toronto, Canada, former UFC Middleweight Champion Sean Strickland faced a challenging bout against South African powerhouse Dricus du Plessis. Despite a valiant effort, Strickland lost his title in a split decision (47–48, 48–47, 48–47) after five grueling rounds.
UFC President Dana White shared his thoughts, stating,
“I had it 2-2 going into the last round, and I think Strickland won that last round. The guys at my table saw it differently; it was a close fight. Strickland’s jab was damn strong, a rarity in MMA.”
Strickland showcased his prowess in the first two rounds with his powerful jab, causing noticeable swelling to du Plessis’ eyes. However, the tide turned in the third round as du Plessis began to dominate with his takedowns. White reflected,
“Going into the last round, it was about who wanted it more.”
With this win
du Plessis has put himself in a position to possibly challenge former UFC Champion Israel Adesanya next. The future is bright and unpredictable in the ever-evolving world of UFC.