Dricus Du Plessis Not Bitter About Sean Strickland Altercation: “that’s exactly what I would’ve done”

Despite having grounds to, Dricus Du Plessis was not interested in pressing charges following his cage side run in with Sean Strickland at UFC 296.

In fact, in a recent interview with Mike Bohn of MMA Junkie, Du Plessis voiced his understanding for the way Strickland stood up for himself. He even took it one step further and explained that he challenged the brash American, and because of the way Strickland responded, Du Plessis now has more respect for him now after what happened.

“I know Dana came to me and said, ‘Listen, this is the case. We’re really sorry about this,’” Du Plessis told MMA Junkie on Thursday. “Obviously, the police had him and charges can be pressed because that’s assault. It’s outside a professional arena. They didn’t try to convince me otherwise at all. They literally said, ‘If you feel like that was uncalled-for, we completely understand if you want to press charges and take this further.’ I said, ‘No, no, no, no, no. Please no.’ We are two fighters. It was a good old scrap, like we did before we became professionals. I just paused and was like, ‘I would even take the blame if that’s possible, just to make sure that nothing happens to him.’

“We know to come to Canada, they are very strict. They are very, very strict in getting into the country. I just wanted to make sure that if the fight wasn’t in jeopardy. I never even think of Sean Strickland trying to get away. He’s the type of guy who’s always game. He’s a guy who will go out on his shield and do it with honor.”

(h/t MMAJunkie.com)

The altercation occurred at UFC 296, just one month before the pair are planned to meet in the Octagon at UFC 297. In the video, you can see that things seemed fairly civil at first, but then things took a massive turn. Strickland kindly asked a member of UFC welterweight Gilbert Burns’ family to move aside, then all hell broke loose.

“I took on his manliness. I was in his face,” Du Plessis said. “I told him, ‘What are you going to do about it?’ He stood up for himself. That’s what a real man does. I’m happy for him. I’m glad he has that in him. No matter what the situation, what the repercussions, he didn’t think about it. He said, ‘I’m standing up for myself,’ and rightfully so. That’s where the respect comes from because that’s exactly what I would’ve done.”

(h/t MMAJunkie.com)

Strickland will defend his UFC middleweight title versus Du Plessis in the main event at UFC 297 on January 20th. The card will take place in Toronto, and this will be his first attempt at defending the belt since capturing it in the massive upset victory over Israel Adesanya back in September.



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