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Nearly every week in the past (Jan. 20, 2024), Dricus Du Plessis dethroned Sean Strickland in the principle occasion of UFC 297. The victory sent the title home with him to South Africa and stands out as crucial of his profession, nevertheless it wasn’t with out controversy.
Plain and easy, Du Plessis vs. Strickland was a detailed battle. Strickland’s jab was the best strike of the battle, however he didn’t throw a lot else, whereas Du Plessis unloaded the complete arsenal at his opponent. He additionally pressured Strickland throughout and landed a healthy handful of takedowns, however finally, each males have been bloodied and worn by the tip of 25 minutes. Two of the three judges awarded Du Plessis the choice victory, nevertheless it was shut sufficient to argue for both man.
It’s hardly the primary time a title has modified fingers through split-decision, and even with a possible clash of heads within the combine, it doesn’t really feel prefer it ought to be such a dramatic scene. But, the online MMA sphere is more toxic than ever, and the choice is on the coronary heart of the outrage.
Perhaps there shouldn’t be any controversy in any respect? Du Plessis revealed on the SuperSport Unplugged podcast that Strickland admitted defeat to him within the cage privately and outright.
“He got here to me within the cage, and I feel that is the primary time publicly I’ll say this, he got here to me within the cage,” Dricus defined. “Proper earlier than they introduced me as the brand new champion. I went to him and I shook his hand, and I mentioned, ‘You’re a warrior, effectively performed, it was a terrific battle.’
“And he mentioned, ‘No, you undoubtedly beat me.’ He mentioned to me, ‘You deserve it, you received that battle, you beat me.’ I additionally suppose so!”
There’s been no audio of this alleged admission launched as of but. From his speedy post-fight interview till now, nonetheless, Strickland has been constant in arguing he deserved the win. Perhaps these public statements will assist him safe a rematch sometime sooner or later?
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