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Artikel: Dricus Du Plessis Claims Middleweight Throne in UFC 297 Battle of Grit

Dricus Du Plessis Claims Middleweight Throne in UFC 297 Battle of Grit

Dricus Du Plessis Claims Middleweight Throne in UFC 297 Battle of Grit

In a riveting night at UFC 297, the Scotiabank Arena witnessed an epic clash between Sean Strickland and Dricus Du Plessis. Du Plessis emerged victorious via a split decision, snatching the middleweight title from Strickland's grasp. The co-main event saw Raquel Pennington's triumphant journey to the women's bantamweight title, adding to the night's drama.

Strickland vs. Du Plessis: A Five-Round War: Strickland, who claimed the belt in a historic upset against Israel Adesanya, faced his first title defense against Du Plessis. The battle unfolded with Strickland showcasing his striking skills, working behind kicks and a solid jab. Du Plessis, undeterred, countered with power shots and constant pressure.

The fight evolved into a clash of styles, with Strickland's precise jab against Du Plessis' relentless aggression. As the rounds progressed, Strickland's face bore the marks of battle, and Du Plessis capitalized on his momentum, securing a split decision victory (48-47, 47-48, 48-47).

In a post-fight interview, Du Plessis shed his reputation as a fighter without a gas tank, proclaiming, "I'm really enjoying this. Who says this guy is not a five-round fighter?" A potential rematch with Strickland looms, but Du Plessis also called out former champion Israel Adesanya, setting the stage for future showdowns.

Pennington's Long-Awaited Triumph:

The co-main event witnessed Raquel Pennington's 12-year journey culminate in a unanimous decision victory over Mayra Bueno Silva for the women's bantamweight title. Pennington showcased resilience, escaping tight submission attempts and rallying to dominate on the feet. With her friend Amanda Nunes's retirement, Pennington now stands atop the bantamweight division.

Surprises and Upsets:

Neil Magny delivered a shocker with a last-minute TKO win over Mike Malott. Malott dominated the first two rounds, but a critical mistake in the grappling game proved costly. Magny seized the opportunity, slamming Malott down and securing the win as Malott gasped for air.

UFC 297 delivered a night of unrelenting action, as Du Plessis crowned himself the new middleweight champion, Pennington etched her name in the history books, and surprises unfolded inside the Octagon. As the echoes of the Scotiabank Arena fade, the anticipation for future matchups and potential rematches lingers, promising fans more thrilling moments in the ever-evolving world of mixed martial arts.

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