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Sean Strickland Admits to Biting South Africa’s Dricus Du Plessis During Cage Side Brawl at UFC 296
- Sean Strickland admitted that he bit Dricus du Plessis during their brawl at UFC 296
- The champion Strickland and du Plessis got into a scuffle in the crowd at the event
- Strickland has opened up on what transpired during the fight and why he was upset
Sean Strickland almost channelled his inner Mike Tyson at UFC 296.
The Middleweight champion got into a brawl with Dricus du Plessis in the audience at the event and has now revealed more details about the scuffle.
The champion and his number-one contender had to be separated when they started fighting in the crowd, with Strickland later removed from the premises.
Video footage of the incident soon went viral, with different angles of the altercation doing the rounds.
As noted by MMA Fighting, Strickland is thankful that one angle in particular isn’t available.
"I’m so happy they didn’t get it from a right angle, I bit him. I kid you not. I remember at that moment, he tackled me, and right there, you see, my head goes up towards him; I started thinking, how can I hurt this man?"
He added that he remembered wanting to take a chunk out of the South African in a bid to hurt him.
Why Strickland and Du Plessis clashed
The animosity between the pair began at a press conference for their title fight at UFC 297 when du Plessis made comments that angered the champion.
The South African touched on Strickland’s childhood and the abuse suffered at the hands of his father, saying those memories would resurface when they fought for the title, SportsKeeda reported.
Strickland angered by comments
When admitting that he bit du Plessis, Strickland added that there were some things that were just off-limits.
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"You don’t really talk about a man’s wife, you don’t talk about a man’s kids, and you don’t talk about a kid being abused. These things are all off limits," he explained.
Du Plessis, on the other hand, was not surprised by Strickland’s reaction to his comments but admitted that he had no hatred towards his fellow Middleweight, Sports Illustrated reported.
Tensions flare between Strickland and du Plessis
Sports Brief also previously reported how things were heating up between middleweight contenders, Dricus du Plessis and Sean Strickland.
The South African Middleweight will take on the American champion at UFC 297 for the title, and bad blood is already brewing between the two.
The animosity between the pair escalated at UFC 296 when a fight broke out between du Plessis and Strickland in the audience during the event.