Dricus du Plessis challenges Sean Strickland for the middleweight title in the UFC 297 main event, which is scheduled for the Scotiabank Arena in Ontario, Canada on Sunday morning.

Sean Strickland vs Dricus Du Plessis

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When Strickland (28-5) defeated Israel Adesanya (by unanimous decision) in September of last year to capture the middleweight title, it was a huge upset. However, to be fair, it was ‘Tarzan’s’ third straight victory and his ninth in his previous 11 trips to the Octagon.

Du Plessis (20-2) on the other hand, has won six straight fights to establish himself as the top contender in the category. He has not lost since making his UFC series debut in October 2020. In July 2023, he defeated Robert Whittaker in a spectacular second-round TKO to earn himself a shot at the title.

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The two have previously clashed, with “Stillknocks” believing that their altercation in the crowd at UFC 296 in Las Vegas last month hinted at a mental supremacy he had over his opponent.

“I’m feeling absolutely great and the fact that he’s triggered only plays into my advantage,” Du Plessis said.

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“I can’t believe how easy it was to mentally trigger him. I thought Sean Strickland, he’s just bashing everybody around, about everything on everybody, and one little sentence and the man loses his mind. Shows you how easily mentally he’ll be broken.”

Du Plessis wants to make history by being the first mixed martial arts (MMA) competitor from South Africa to win a title at the esteemed UFC level.

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What time is the fight on TV?

UFC will be available to DStv Compact and Access customers in South Africa on SuperSport Variety 4, channel 209 and all higher DStv subscription packages.

The main card gets underway at 05:00 on Sunday 21 January 2024.

Sean Strickland vs Dricus Du Plessis: UFC 297 broadcast information

UFC 297 – 21 January

03:00 to 05:00 – Prelims

05:00 to 09:00 – Main Bouts


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