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Sean Strickland vs Dricus Du Plessis. Fight prediction

Absolute Fighting Championship middleweight champion Sean Strickland will face Dricus Du Plessis. Will the American be able to make his first defense on January 21 at UFC 297 in Toronto and what bets should he choose?

Our Expert Predictions & Analysis on Sean Strickland vs Dricus Du Plessis

Sean Strickland

Sean Strickland is a former King of the Cage champion. The fighter from California signed a contract with Dana White's league in 2014. Tarzan has won his last three matches. In January 2023, he defeated Nassurdin Imavov (unanimous decision) from France. And then he defeated Abusupiyan Magomedov, competing under the German flag (technical knockout). In the title fight in September 2023, he defeated Israel Adesanya (unanimous) from Nigeria.

Strickland has 28 wins (11 by knockout, 13 by decision, four by submission) and five losses. The American has a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

Sean Strickland vs Dricus Du Plessis

Dricus Du Plessis

Dricus Du Plessis is ranked second in the division rankings. The South African fighter is a former Extreme Fighting Championship (EFC) middleweight and welterweight champion, as well as a former Konfrontacja Sztuk Walki (KSW) belt holder. Stillknocks signed with Dana White's league in 2020 and has yet to lose a match. In his last fight in July 2023, he defeated Robert Whittaker (technical knockout) from Australia.

The 30-year-old Du Plessis has 19 wins (nine by knockout, one by decision, nine by submission) and two losses. Drikus has a black belt in kickboxing.

Sean Strickland vs Dricus Du Plessis facts

  • Du Plessis wins by knockout - Du Plessis has nine knockouts to his name.

Fight prediction

Bookmaker experts found it difficult to name a clear favorite for the upcoming match. In their opinion, Strickland will have a slight advantage. The fighters are practically the same based on anthropometric data. The American will only have more experience in the UFC on his side. He walked for a long time to the championship title and achieved what he wanted. But Du Plessis is hungry for victories. In this situation, it is worth betting on a fighter from South Africa.

Our prediction is Du Plessis to win in 2.05 in Mostbet.

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