UFC 297: Dricus Du Plessis Dethrones Sean Strickland, Becomes New Middleweight Champion, The Grudge Match: Strickland vs. Du Plessis

Emma Davis

January 20, 2024

In a highly anticipated grudge match, Dricus Du Plessis defeated Sean Strickland via split decision to capture the UFC middleweight title at UFC 297 in Toronto, Canada. The fight lived up to its billing, delivering an entertaining, bloody, and back-and-forth battle that saw both fighters showcase their skills and determination.

The Grudge Match: Strickland vs. Du Plessis

The main event of UFC 297 featured a grudge match between Sean Strickland, the reigning middleweight champion, and Dricus Du Plessis, the top contender. The two fighters had engaged in fisticuffs outside the Octagon at last month's UFC PPV, adding an extra layer of intensity to their rivalry.


A Bloody and Back-and-Forth Fight

The fight lived up to its expectations, with both Strickland and Du Plessis displaying their toughness and resilience. The bout was characterized by bloody exchanges, with both fighters landing significant strikes. Du Plessis, known for his striking prowess, showcased his skills, while Strickland demonstrated his ability to absorb punishment and keep moving forward.


Du Plessis Wins by Split Decision, Becomes New Champion

After a grueling three rounds, the judges' scorecards revealed a split decision in favor of Dricus Du Plessis. The South African fighter became the fourth fighter in the last 15 months to hold the middleweight title, narrowly outpointing Strickland. Du Plessis' victory marked a significant moment for South Africa, as he became the country's first UFC champion.


The UFC 297 main event between Sean Strickland and Dricus Du Plessis delivered an exciting and memorable fight. Du Plessis' victory over Strickland showcased his skills and determination, earning him the middleweight title and etching his name in UFC history.

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