Dricus du Plessis defeated Sean Strickland by a split decision during their UFC middleweight title fight in Toronto, Canada.

The win has since thrust Dricus into the top trends, with many flooding social media with congratulatory messages.

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However, the win also saw Dricus go down in history books as the first South African UFC title holder. Two of the three judges awarded Du Plessis 48-47 scorecards, with the third giving Strickland the edge by a similar margin.

Against the win, he called out Israel Adesanya, and many were more than convinced that this might be his first title defence. However, his win also saw him pocketing R930 000 in bonuses.

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Back home, fans have flooded social media to celebrate his win. President Cyril Ramaphosa has since been implicated in the mix, with many calling for a public holiday to celebrate his win.

No doubt, in recent years, several countries have made it a norm to issue public holidays to celebrate such achievements. South Africa hasn’t been spared from the global trend.

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Over the years, the government has issued public holidays for such significant achievements, with the recent Springboks Rugby World Cup win being the most recent. Fans flooded social media with their two cents in the backdrop of his win.

@lulama_bigbad_wolf commented, “Mr President, give us another holiday. Usebenzile Umfana.”

@rona_vdw posted, “Where are you, Mr Ramaphosa.’

@georgemonis commented, “Best fighter in the UFCand 8rth best in Boksburg.”

@bahlenteleki posted, “Are we getting a holiday or not?”

@ntha.be commented, “Hulle weet nie wat ons weet nie- Dricus du Plessis.”

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