In the lead-up to the highly anticipated UFC 297 main event, middleweight contender Dricus Du Plessis lays bare his strategy to overcome champion Sean Strickland, acknowledging the potent threat posed by the reigning titleholder. This insight comes as Du Plessis, currently holding the #2 spot in the 185-pound division, gears up for his first championship opportunity after earning a title shot with a sensational knockout victory over ex-champ Robert Whittaker at UFC 290.
Initially expected to face Israel Adesanya, Du Plessis' path to championship glory took an unexpected turn when Strickland stepped in due to an injury concern for "Stillknocks." The change led to a captivating underdog triumph for Du Plessis at UFC 293 in Sydney.
Drawing from Strickland's dominant performance against "The Last Stylebender," Du Plessis identifies a crucial mistake he aims to avoid – falling into the rhythm set by Strickland. The South African acknowledges Strickland's unorthodox yet effective defensive style, emphasizing the danger of fighting at the champion's pace.
Du Plessis analyzes Strickland's approach against Adesanya, noting, "If you're fighting on his pace, I promise you, you are gonna lose that fight." While recognizing Strickland's quantity over sheer knockout power, Du Plessis deems it unwise to engage in a battle dictated by the champion's tempo.
Contrary to concerns about his cardio, Du Plessis asserts his ability to push the pace inside the Octagon. With confidence in his stamina, the former KSW champion sees this as a pivotal factor in securing the middleweight gold at UFC 297.
As the countdown to the championship clash continues, fight enthusiasts eagerly await to see if Du Plessis can execute his strategic game plan and dethrone the formidable Sean Strickland. Stay tuned for further updates and comprehensive coverage as UFC 297 approaches. MMA NEWS remains your trusted source for all the latest developments in the world of mixed martial arts.
Source: MMA NEWS
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