Dricus Du Plessis details switch in strategy led to his first title win at UFC 297 “It wasn’t to get him down or hold him down,”

Dricus Du Plessis celebrates after defeating Sean Strickland in a middleweight title bout at UFC 297 in Toronto on Sunday, January 21, 2024. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Dricus Du Plessis details switch in strategy led to his first title win at UFC 297 “It wasn’t to get him down or hold him down,”

Dricus Du Plessis
Dricus Du Plessis details switch in strategy led to his first title win at UFC 297 “It wasn’t to get him down or hold him down,” —

Dricus Du Plessis edged out Sean Strickland in way of a split decision, at UFC 297. The South African Phenom went on to win his first promotional title at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto. Amidst recent outcry on controversial scoring, ‘Stillknocks’ surprisingly learned top honcho Dana White believed Sean Strickland won the fight. Now, in a sitdown with commentator Jon Anik, the fighter delved into his title grudge match.

Dricus Du Plessis has been engaging in social media banter, making or snubbing callout-rants on the poor quality of the fight. But, the fighter appeared in his first interview since UFC 297. Despite White and color commentator Joe Rogan veering to Strickland, some peers have favored the African on wanting it more at the fight. Now, appearing on the ‘Anik and Florian‘ podcast#461 with Anik & Kenny Florian, here’s what he said on the same sentiment –

[On switching strategies] And obviously my coach would shout to me when the round’s about to end, to get that takedown…to either level the playing field or to make sure we tipped the round in our favor. So that was our plan…it wasn’t necessarily to get him down or hold him down, it was to get a takedown, secure a position, get back up- Dricus Du Plessis

Concurrently, the fighter has earned the praise of UFC veterans Michael Bisping and Daniel Cormier despite fumbling in the first round. Bisping, additionally credited Strickland’s dominant adherence to going behind the jab for the decision skid. Strickland recently got gibed as a jab spammer on account of his vivid bleeding imagery.

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Despite a prominent battle IQ, ‘Tarzan’ lost the square off. He was able to muddle through and win Round 5 on all three judges. But Du Plessis’ corner opting for a variable stance switch worked in his favor, as he told Anik. Additionally, Anik also had his insights on the scoring.

 

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