- Dricus Du Plessis claims Sean Strickland admitted defeat after their fight, saying, “You definitely beat me.”
- Strickland blamed a mid-fight cut caused by an accidental headbutt for his compromised vision and loss.
- Despite Dana White favoring Strickland, the judges awarded the victory to Du Plessis, and there are no immediate plans for a rematch.
In a recent revelation, Dricus Du Plessis, Sean Strickland’s most recent adversary, shared details of their post-match conversation following UFC 297. Du Plessis emerged victorious, claiming the middleweight title from Strickland in a highly anticipated and intense bout.
The match lived up to fan expectations, featuring a thrilling stand-up fight with occasional, short-lived takedown attempts by ‘Stillknocks.’ Both fighters displayed resilience, leaving Strickland bloodied and bruised. Despite UFC’s Dana White personally favoring Strickland, the judges awarded the victory to Du Plessis. White stated post-fight that there are no immediate plans for a rematch for Sean Strickland.
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Dricus Du Plessis Claims Sean Strickland Admitted Defeat
The South African Says Strickland Knew He Lost Before The Judges Verdict
The UFC middleweight champion has taken issue with Strickland’s excuses after their fight at UFC 297.
In a recent interview, du Plessis revealed his account of their post-fight conversation.
“He came to me in the cage and this is – I think this is the first in public I’ll say this – he came to me in the cage directly after the fight, before they announced me as the new champion. And I went to him and I shook his hand and I said, ‘You are a warrior, well done, was a great fight.’ And he said, ‘No, you definitely beat me.’ He said that to me. He said to me, ‘You deserve it, you won that fight.”
Strickland immediately shared his candid reaction to his split decision loss on his YouTube channel. After returning to the locker room with his team, he expressed, “Once that eye opened up, man, I just couldn’t see s***.” Reflecting on the situation, he humorously likened himself to Chris Curtis, emphasizing the challenges of the fighting world.
In the aftermath, some members of Strickland’s corner suggested a headbutt as the cause of the cut, a factor he held responsible for his compromised vision during the match. Blaming the accidental headbutt for his mid-fight cut, Strickland has consistently attributed it as the catalyst for his defeat.
Addressing the situation on Instagram post-UFC 297, Strickland asserted, “I didn’t take the coward’s way out and tell the doctor I couldn’t see and got a no-contest. The only reason why you took a round from me is because I couldn’t see. I won that fight, the world knows I won that fight. The belt they gave you will never make you a champion, enjoy.”