Dricus du Plessis UFC South African MMA Fighter Dricus du Plessis Wins UFC Championship [Image: X]

Mzansi is euphoric after South African mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter Dricus du Plessis today secured the UFC middleweight championship.


South African Fighter Dricus du Plessis Wins UFC Championship In Grueling Duel

Dricus won with a split-decision victory over Sean Strickland in the main event at UFC 297 held at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Canada.

The fight started closely contested, with Dricus, known for his quick starts, taking a more cautious approach while Strickland utilised his jab effectively in the early stages. Dricus’ defensive wrestling played a crucial role as he secured a few takedowns, although Strickland quickly returned to his feet.

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After three rounds, the fight remained challenging to judge. Dricus landed some significant shots, including one that caused a cut to Strickland’s eye. However, Strickland’s constant pressure and volume led to Dricus’ eye swelling.

The fourth round saw Dricus assert himself, but the following rounds remained closely contested, sparking varied opinions on social media regarding the scorecards. Both fighters received an enthusiastic response from the crowd after an intense slugfest.

Dricus’ journey to the championship has been impressive. Making his UFC debut in October 2020, he needed only six fights to demonstrate his readiness for the title. His victories included notable names like Darren Till, Derek Brunson, and Robert Whittaker, with Strickland now added to the list.

Strickland had previously claimed the championship with a surprising win over Israel Adesanya.

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Mzansi On Cloud Nine

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South African MMA Fighter Dricus du Plessis Wins UFC Championship [Image: ESPN MMA/X]


South Africans on X are celebrating Dricus’ massive UFC title win.


“South Africa is up and awake!!! Let’s goooooo!!!!! #Dricus 🇿🇦🇿🇦🇿🇦”

DJ Fresh:

“MOER!!! FINALLY!!! Been waiting since 4 am!!!”


“South Africa is collecting gold like infinity stones, #Dricus.”

Vicky Steamboat:

“This is only the beginning. There’s a new king that’s gonna reign for the longest 🇿🇦🔥🛐. The whole country is proud, brother #dricusduplessis #dricus.”

Katlego Maboe:

“Aaaaaaannd NEW #UFC297 Champion of the world! #Dricus 🇿🇦💪🏾”

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