Du Plessis Recalls His House Burglaries As He Outlines His Plans Post UFC 297

UFC middleweight Dricus Du Plessis recalled how his house had been broken into six times in South Africa.

The MMA fighter’s comments came in the aftermath of Sean Strickland confronting a trespasser on his property with a gun after he had been trying to evade the police, as we reportedly previously. Du Plessis outlined how the people responsible for breaking into his house never got caught. But rather than confirm the exact details of it, the fighter took a light-hearted approach towards the issue.

“Just my own house growing up it’s been broken into maybe six times…talking about the TV’s gone, radio is gone, phones are gone, stolen right next to your bed, listen South African criminals aren’t getting caught. These guys are smart,” Du Plessis

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Outside of that, Du Plessis is preparing to face Strickland at UFC 297 on January 20th, 2024. The South African will be aiming to pull off an upset, just as Strickland did to beat Israel Adesanya, to get the belt. And looking ahead to the fight, Du Plessis does not expect it to go the distance. 

“One thing that I think is going to shock a lot of people is the way I go at this. From the very first second of this fight, I’m going to go like I always do. The first opportunity I get, I will finish this fight. My honest prediction, there’s no way we’re going to championship rounds of this fight,” Du Plessis said 

Provided that Du Plessis comes out with a win, he could move up to light heavyweight. The South African is on a six-fight-win streak having stopped Robert Whittaker in his last fight. And outside of Strickland, Adesanya is the other big name. However, Izzy did confirm that he would be taking a long break from the sport following the Strickland loss. That would leave Khamzat Chimaev as a potential opponent. And if those fighters were overcome, Du Plessis felt he had nothing else to prove.

“If I go out there and I absolutely destroy Khamzat, what’s there really left? If I go out there and I beat Israel Adesanya after becoming champion, what is there really — it’s wiped out the whole division. The two guys who wiped out the division were Robert Whittaker and Israel Adesanya, and beating those two guys doesn’t really leave any room left,” Du Plessis


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