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Dricus Du Plessis: Unfazed by Sean Strickland's Heat Ahead of UFC Showdown

In the fiery realm of UFC rivalries, sparks are expected to fly, but the prelude to the impending clash between Dricus Du Plessis and Sean Strickland has ignited a wildfire of emotions, culminating in a brief scuffle at UFC 296.

With just a month left before their anticipated showdown in Toronto for the UFC middleweight championship, Du Plessis found himself amidst a brief altercation with Strickland during the Las Vegas event. However, the reigning middleweight champ remained unflustered, brushing off the incident with a calm demeanor.

"I’m 5-0 in the T-Mobile Arena and tonight I officially became 6-0, so I’m happy with that," Du Plessis remarked during a post-event interview with UFC’s Megan Olivi. "Things happen and nobody got hurt, all is good."

The tension between the two fighters escalated during a seasonal press conference where verbal barbs were exchanged, leading Strickland to express his displeasure on social media.

However, Du Plessis remains indifferent to Strickland’s reaction.

“I don’t really care how he feels,” Du Plessis stated bluntly. “If you want to dish it out, you have to be able to take it. The fact that he’s triggered, I don’t give a damn about that.”

Despite the brewing animosity, Du Plessis maintains his focus on the upcoming title bout, entering the fight on an eight-fight win streak, showcasing dominance in his UFC appearances. His recent knockout victory over former champion Robert Whittaker at UFC 290 solidified his place in the championship bout.

While the rivalry adds fuel to the fire, Du Plessis remains composed, unaffected by the mind games played by Strickland. 

"The fact that he’s triggered only plays to my advantage," Du Plessis asserted confidently. "It shows you how easily mentally he’ll be broken."

As the anticipation for UFC 297 intensifies, Du Plessis stands firm, unfazed by the theatrics and unwavering in his pursuit of UFC gold. The battle lines are drawn, and on January 20, the Octagon will witness a clash where mental resilience will be as crucial as physical prowess.


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