South Africa’s Dricus Du Plessis Eyes 2 Division Champion Status Ahead of Middleweight Title Bout

South Africa’s Dricus Du Plessis Eyes 2 Division Champion Status Ahead of Middleweight Title Bout

Byron Pillay
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
  • Dricus du Plessis will fight Sean Strickland for the Middleweight title in January 2024
  • The South African isn't stopping with the Middleweight strap and wants to win 2 belts
  • Stillknocks still wants to fight Nigeria's Israel Adesanya for the Middleweight title

Dricus du Plessis is dreaming big.

The South African fighter, who is undefeated in the UFC, doesn’t just have his eyes set on the Middleweight strap alone.

Dricus du Plessis celebrating in the Octagon.
Dricus du Plessis is aiming to win more than one title in the UFC as he prepares for a fight against Sean Strickland. Image: Steve Marcus.
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Stillknocks will fight Sean Strickland for the title in the main event of UFC 297 in January 2024, but that isn’t the only title he wants.

As noted by MMA Fighting, du Plessis also has set his eye on fighting for the Light Heavyweight title after dominating the Middleweight division.

During a recent interview, the South African star was asked about the possibility of holding belts in two divisions and admitted it all depended on who else was in the Middleweight division.

“That all depends on how the division opens up. I would still love to fight Israel Adesanya. 100 per cent it would be my first choice as a defence,” he said.

Du Plessis added that it would be cool to fight Khamzat Chimaev, but if he cleared those two guys, there wasn’t much else to do in the division.

“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? “he asked.

What’s next for du Plessis?

While the South African dreams of holding two titles, he still has to win one next year.

Du Plessis will take on Strickland for the title and is confident he can knock out the American.

Current Light Heavyweight champion Alex Pereira knocked out Strickland in 2022, and du Plessis believes he can do the same, MMA Junkie reported.

“If Pereira can knock him out, I can knock him out even better.”

Du Plessis fires shot at Adesanya

In September, Sports Brief reported how du Plessis wasn’t done with Nigeria's Israel Adesanya just yet.

The duo have been embroiled in a bitter rivalry for months and were due to settle their beef for the Middleweight belt.

Du Plessis was the number one ranked fighter in the division, while Adesanya was still the champion at that stage.

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Byron Pillay
Byron Pillay is a sports writer and Head of the Department at Sports Brief (joined in 2022) with over 10 years of experience in community journalism and a degree in journalism from Caxton's Cadet School.
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