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Du Plessis Dismisses Chimaev’s Title Shot Claim After UFC 297 ‘Makes Absolutely No Sense’

Dricus Du Plessis has Responded to Khamzat Chimaev’s UFC 297 Winner Showdown Claim.

The highly anticipated mixed martial arts event, UFC 297, is set to captivate fans as it unfolds at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario. Scheduled for January 20, 2024, in Canada.

The anticipation builds with an intriguing matchup, as the fighters Sean Strickland and Dricus Du Plessis recently engaged in a brawl cage side during UFC 296 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Winner Faces Chimaev?

Khamzat Chimaev, boasting an impressive undefeated record of 13-0 in MMA, solidified his status as the next title contender after a triumphant victory over Kamaru Usman at UFC 294 in October. The win served as an important moment in Chimaev’s career, putting him into the spotlight.

Recently, Khamzat Chimaev has expressed his anticipation of facing Sean Strickland next, following the outcome of UFC 297. Chimaev’s statement suggests a strategic move in the welterweight division as he eyes his next challenge. The potential matchup with Strickland has gained attention, setting the stage for a compelling narrative in the aftermath of UFC 297.

“As far as I know Khamzat’s a welterweight,”
“What middleweight did he fight? He fought at middleweight, but he fought a welterweight (in Usman). Gerald Meerschaert? When was that? Was he even ranked? No, he wasn’t ranked. So, that makes absolutely no sense.
“The UFC promised him a title fight? Where in the world does that happen? And he says he’s fighting Strickland. No, you’re not. If there’s a champion, if you get a title shot, I’m the champion. You’re not going to get a title shot. And Israel Adesanya? That makes sense.”

Du Plessis said in an interview with MMA Junkie.

Du Plessis vs Strickland

Dricus Du Plessis, during the UFC‘s seasonal press conference, took a controversial step that deviated from the typical pre-fight banter. He delved into Sean Strickland’s past, specifically addressing the challenges of his troubled childhood, shedding light on the sensitive topic of his abusive father.

This unexpected move by Du Plessis added a layer of intensity to the upcoming matchup and raised eyebrows within the MMA community.

As the tension escalates between Dricus Du Plessis and Khamzat Chimaev, MMA fans eagerly await the resolution of this saga and wonder if the unexpected twists will impact the highly anticipated UFC 297 and the future of the division.

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