Dricus du Plessis Rejects Claims of Staged UFC 296 Crowd Brawl With Sean Strickland

‘It Was Mutual Combat’ Says Stillknocks

Reflecting on the UFC 296 Brawl, Dricus Du Plessis Offers His Perspective on the Clash with Sean Strickland.

Dricus Du Plessis and Sean Strickland are set to headline UFC 297 on Jan. 20 in Toronto, contending for the middleweight title. The anticipation builds with an intriguing matchup, and the fighters recently held a press conference in Vegas leading up to UFC 296.

Sean Strickland is an accomplished American mixed martial artist, who presently showcases his skills in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), reigning as the current UFC Middleweight Champion. His journey in the professional arena dates back to 2008, and over the years, he has established himself as a formidable force within the realm of mixed martial arts.

What Caused the Altercation

During the UFC‘s seasonal press conference, Dricus Du Plessis took a controversial step by delving into Sean Strickland’s past, specifically addressing the challenges of his troubled childhood mentioning his abusive father. This provocative mention served as the spark that ignited an angry response from Strickland, ultimately leading to the unexpected physical confrontation that unfolded later in the week.

Du Plessis said on The Coach & The Casual. “There’s nothing you could possibly say to throw me off. And I said cool. I’m gonna start chipping away and see where when I get this. He looks like a guy that he’s not gonna be easy to freak because he dishes it out. The first thing I said did it, and that was only the beginning I had so much more.”

“If he hit me with a chair from behind or whatever, that is causes for some concern. But it was a good old-fashioned scrap. It was mutual combat. Yeah.” Du Plessis added.

Dana White on the Situation

Dana White, the President of the UFC, has publicly acknowledged his role in the seating arrangement that ultimately led to the altercation between Sean Strickland and Dricus Du Plessis during the post-fight press conference of UFC 296.

White took responsibility for the oversight, expressing frustration and underscoring that preventing such incidents falls within his responsibilities, adding that no fines or reprimands would be issued for the incident.

As the tension between Dricus Du Plessis and Sean Strickland intensifies, fight fans eagerly await UFC 297, where the two middleweight contenders will settle their differences in the Octagon.

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