Robert Whittaker believes brawl between Strickland and Du Plessis was staged

Robert Whittaker shares his thoughts on the recent brawl between Sean Strickland and Dricus Du Plessis.

by Aryan Lakhani
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Robert Whittaker believes brawl between Strickland and Du Plessis was staged
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The UFC middleweight champion Sean Strickland unleashed his aggressive side recently in the UFC 296 event. Dricus Du Plessis was seated right behind him, and after hearing him say a few things, Strickland absolutely lost his cool and attacked Dricus Du Plessis in violent style.

Top contender Robert Whitakker believes it was staged and entitled Strickland’s aggressive act a WWE style performance.

No one knows whether it was staged or not, but one thing is certain: fans were entertained to see that.

Robert Whitakker on Sean Strickland vs Dricus Du Plessis

Recently on MMArcade Podcast, Robert Whittaker shared his thoughts on the recent brawl between Sean Strickland and Dricus Du Plessis.

“I thought it was staged, mate, honestly,” Whittaker said as quoted by mmafighting.com. “Because it was weird. It was weird the way it happened. You saw the way Strickland was like, ‘Move aside, please.’ Makes sense, but then he jumps in like WWE style.

The way he was punching, the way he was kind of like, I don’t know, fake punching to the back of Dricus. Maybe it was just for entertainment, and which case, you can’t really give him anything for it. I don’t know.

It’s a bit silly. He’s the champ. It was a weird little scuffle, I am gonna say, I also heard him talking smack about me in the press conference. I don’t think it was smack talk, to be honest. He just off-commented how — downplayed my abilities.

I don’t expect him to pump tires, to be honest, and yeah, I don’t think I’m as one-dimensional as he says. I think my blitz is a strong part of my game, but I got other tricks. I think that fight looked a little staged. Staged on Strickland’s behalf, I don’t think Dricus got the memo (laughs)”.

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