UFC 297 Dricus Du Plessis takes middleweight belt

UFC 297 Dricus Du Plessis takes middleweight belt by split decision over Sean Strickland

UFC 297 Dricus Du Plessis takes middleweight belt

On the upcoming Saturday, UFC 297 is set to unfold, featuring an enticing lineup of matches, including two highly anticipated title fights. The dynamic duo of MMA Junkie Radio, “Gorgeous” George and “Goze,” will be orchestrating a live-streamed watch-along starting at 8 p.m. ET.

The main event of the evening is headlined by middleweight champion Sean Strickland (28-5 MMA, 15-5 UFC), who is eager to embark on his journey as a title defender against the formidable challenger Dricus Du Plessis (20-2 MMA, 4-0 UFC). Meanwhile, in the co-main event, two top-tier contenders, Mayra Bueno Silva (10-2-1 MMA, 5-2-1 UFC) and Raquel Pennington (15-8 MMA, 12-5 UFC), will clash for the vacant women’s bantamweight title.

The action-packed event is scheduled to take place at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto. The main card will be broadcast on pay-per-view, commencing at 10 p.m. ET, following an exciting set of prelims available on ESPNews and ESPN+.

Let’s delve into the detailed lineup of fights included in the watch-along:

MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET):

Champ Sean Strickland vs. Dricus Du Plessis – for the middleweight title

The main event promises a showdown between the reigning champion, Sean Strickland, and the challenger, Dricus Du Plessis, as they vie for the prestigious middleweight title.
Raquel Pennington vs. Mayra Bueno Silva – for the vacant women’s bantamweight title

The co-main event features a clash between the skilled Mayra Bueno Silva and the experienced Raquel Pennington, both eyeing the vacant women’s bantamweight title.
Neil Magny vs. Mike Malott

Neil Magny steps into the octagon against Mike Malott, adding another layer of excitement to the main card.
Marc-Andre Barriault vs. Chris Curtis

The battle between Marc-Andre Barriault and Chris Curtis is poised to be a thrilling encounter, bringing their skills and determination to the forefront.
Arnold Allen vs. Movsar Evloev

Arnold Allen squares off against Movsar Evloev in what promises to be an intense matchup, captivating fans with their respective fighting styles.

Garrett Armfield vs. Brad Katona

The prelims kick off with Garrett Armfield facing Brad Katona, setting the stage for the exciting matchups to follow.
Charles Jourdain vs. Sean Woodson

Charles Jourdain takes on Sean Woodson in a battle that showcases their skills and determination to make a mark in their respective division.
Serhiy Sidey vs. Ramon Taveras

Serhiy Sidey and Ramon Taveras aim to make their presence felt in the octagon as they go head-to-head in the preliminary card.
Gillian Robertson vs. Polyana Viana

The women’s matchup between Gillian Robertson and Polyana Viana promises to deliver intense moments and strategic battles.
For those seeking more information on the fighters, matchups, and additional details about UFC 297, MMA Junkie’s event hub is the go-to source.

As fight night approaches, anticipation builds for an electrifying event at UFC 297, where champions defend their titles and contenders vie for glory. The Scotiabank Arena in Toronto is set to witness an unforgettable night of mixed martial arts action.

The fight between Sean Strickland and Dricus Du Plessis at UFC 297 opened with Strickland establishing control, standing tall, and masterfully working his jab. Du Plessis managed to break through the defense a few times, executing a successful takedown that didn’t lead to significant progress. However, the round clearly favored the champion.

Du Plessis acknowledged Strickland’s formidable jab during the fight, describing it as “super, super strong” and comparing it to being hit with a rock. Despite Du Plessis acknowledging the strength of Strickland’s jab, it wasn’t enough to alter the course of the initial round.

In the second round, both fighters began to show signs of damage. Du Plessis sported a swollen eye, while Strickland had a thin trickle of blood near his right eye. Strickland continued to rely on his jab, and Du Plessis persisted in breaking through the defense intermittently.

Du Plessis’ corner urged him to increase the urgency in the third round, and he responded effectively. He notably took control of the round, showcasing improved performance. The fourth round brought a significant development as an elbow from Du Plessis opened a substantial gash on the left side of Strickland’s face. Additionally, Du Plessis concluded the round with three successful takedowns.

Heading into the fifth and final round, Du Plessis seemed to be ahead on the scorecards or at least tied. He had built momentum, but Strickland managed to turn the tide. In the final minute of the fight, Strickland connected with combinations, potentially doing enough to secure the victory if the judges had the bout tied after the fourth round.

Ultimately, the scoring worked in Du Plessis’ favor. Both fighters embraced as the final bell sounded, marking the end of a heated battle. The fight had seen some animosity a month earlier when Strickland unleashed a barrage of blows on Du Plessis at UFC 296.

The narrative of the fight unfolded with Strickland’s initial dominance, Du Plessis making strategic adjustments, and the momentum swinging back and forth. The clash culminated in a closely contested match that showcased the resilience and skill of both fighters.

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