Dricus “Stillknocks” Du Plessis (21-2-0) is the brand new undisputed UFC middleweight champion of the world after defeating Sean “Tarzan” Strickland (28-6-0) by way of break up determination on Saturday evening at Scotiabank Area in Toronto, Canada.
Du Plessis, 30, saved Strickland on his heels all the struggle, a far cry from when the latter defeated Israel Adesanya for the title belt late final yr in Australia. The South African had by no means fought previous the fourth spherical.
Adesanya, 34, had referred to as out Du Plessis earlier than dropping to Strickland and the South African now did the identical following his victory.
Strickland, 32, was stylish in victory and accepted defeat “like a person.” Each fighters shook arms and buried the hatcher.
The primary three rounds noticed Strickland minimize Du Plessis’ eye earlier than he returned the favor within the fourth. Judges probably made the proper determination, however it was an in depth contest. (48-47 Strickland, 48-47 Du Plessis, 48-47 Du Plessis)
Why did Sean Strickland stroll out to a youngsters’s music?
Strickland wished to “struggle for the child inside” him and even walked out to a youngsters’s music referred to as The Ants Go Marching.
Following the victory over Adesanya, Strickland went on a number of podcasts to open up about how his abusive father, resulting in Du Plessis poking enjoyable at him throughout the press convention.
Strickland didn’t again down from wanting to attach along with his inside little one, whose father didn’t deal with properly in any way, however could not clinch the win.
Now, Strickland has a ton of latest followers regardless of not being the champ, together with rapper Drake, who misplaced $700,000 betting in opposition to Du Plessis.