Dricus Du Plessis claims that Sean Strickland admitted to him that the South African was the higher man on the night time at UFC 297. Du Plessis unseated Strickland as middleweight champion in the primary occasion final week through break up determination. The bout was shut, however in the long run, a brand new champion was topped in Toronto.
Whereas Strickland gave Du Plessis props for his efficiency within the post-fight press convention, he additionally mentioned that an illegal headbutt lower him through the combat, impairing his skill to see. Talking on SuperSport Unplugged just lately, Du Plessis defined that, regardless of the choice being debated amongst the MMA neighborhood, Strickland himself admitted he knew he had been defeated earlier than the scorecards had been even learn.
“He got here to me within the cage,” Du Plessis mentioned. “And I feel that is the primary time I’ve mentioned this – he got here to me within the cage instantly after the combat, earlier than they introduced me as the brand new champion. And I went to him and I shook his hand and I mentioned, ‘You’re a warrior, nicely finished. It was an awesome combat.’ And he mentioned ‘No, you positively beat me.’ He mentioned to me ‘You deserve it, you gained that combat.’”
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Together with his victory, Du Plessis stays undefeated within the UFC and extends his present win streak to nine-straight. After having had very public issues with the likes of former champion Israel Adesanya previously, it is going to be attention-grabbing to see who the UFC decides to feed the brand new champion for his first title protection.