Dricus du Plessis makes history with famous UFC title win


Dricus Du Plessis beats Sean Strickland

Dricus Du Plessis defeats American Sean Strickland to win the middleweight title during UFC 297 in Toronto on Saturday.

The two clashed through five rounds, taking the bout to the distance, but in the end, it was Du Plessis taking Strickland’s middleweight belt after bloodying the former champ over his left eye and winning a split decision.

Judges Derek Cleary and Eric Colon scored the bout 48-47 in favour of Du Plessis, while Sal D’Amato had it 48-47 for Strickland.

“This is history!” Du Plessis screamed in honour of his homeland. “South Africa … we can probably hear them from outside.”

“Every time he hits you with that jab it feels like someone hit you with a rock. You are one heck of a man, thank you for bringing out the best of me tonight,” Du Plessis said.

“The first three rounds were give and take, but the last two, I was desperate rounds four and five.”

Dricus trends on social media as people celebrate the history maker.

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