Two Weight EFC Champion Dricus Du Plessis Plans To Dominate KSW And Then The UFC
If you don’t know him already, Dricus du Plessis is a name you need to be keep an eye on.
The two weight EFC champion currently reigns as both the welterweight and the middleweight title holder in the African organization and on Dec. 23 he will get the opportunity to add a third world title to his collection. In four weeks time, du Plessis will take on the KSW welterweight champion Borys Mankowski in the main event of KSW 41 in Katowice, Poland.
Speaking exclusively to MMANytt.com today, du Plessis revealed how the fight came about and the terms of the deal he signed with the Polish promotion.
“KSW approached me through my agent and I was very excited to work with them,” du Plessis said. “EFC helped me a lot with my contracts and decisions, but the deal didn’t come through them.
“It’s is a 1 year or 4 fight deal. I didn’t think they would ever approach me, but they did, and I’m very happy to get this opportunity to take my career to the next level and eventually become the greatest of all time.”
KSW treating him well
While KSW are known for having some of the best Polish fighters in the world, increasingly we are seeing high profile foreign fighters brought in to test their skills. Despite it being early days, du Plessis has been pleased with the way he’s been treated by the promotion.
“Absolutely amazing, they’ve been treating me very well and that’s the way it should be,” du Plessis said.
“EFC has always treated me great and it’s great to know KSW is treating me this good even though I’ve just signed with them.”
Getting the best of the KSW champion
Despite tasting defeat in his last fight, Mankowski will be a formidable opponent and hasn’t lost at 170-pounds since 2012. Du Plessis is well aware of his credentials, but he’s confident he will get his hand raised on fight night.
“I think he is a great fighter and he has proven himself many times, but I’m better in every way and I’ll show that on 23 December,” du Plessis said. “I don’t focus on his weaknesses, but my strengths which will be my power and size advantage and a massive reach advantage.
“I know the pace will be fast and hard like all my fights and I’m going in there to finish this fight and if he can keep up he might see the later rounds, but as soon as he gives me the smallest gap to finish, I will take it and finish the fight.”
The ultimate goal
While becoming KSW champion is his next step, du Plessis has bigger goals in mind when it comes to the rest of his career. To be the legitimate #1 fighter in the world at 170-pounds he know he has to wear UFC gold, but for the minute at least, money talks, and he’s earning a better living outside of the organization.
“My goal in this sport is to one day be known as the greatest fighter to ever walk this earth,” du Plessis said. “One day I will be UFC champion, but for now, I’m very happy with where I am.
“As long as it makes financial sense to stay where I am, that’s where I will stay and be a dominant champion in multiple divisions.