Dricus Du Plessis still has respect for Sean Strickland after the brawl

Dricus Du Plessis explains why he respects Sean Strickland even after the recent incident.

by Aryan Lakhani
Dricus Du Plessis still has respect for Sean Strickland after the brawl
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The physical altercation between Dricus Du Plessis and Sean Strickland got heated sooner than anyone expected. Strickland unleashed his aggressive side and attacked Dricus Du Plessis with all he had after Du Plessis made a few comments.

Surprisingly, Dricus Du Plessis has no hate or apathy towards Sean Strickland, even after getting physically attacked. Du Plessis recently confessed that he was calmer than ever before and has nothing but respect for Sean Strickland.

Their fight is less than a month away (21st January 2024), and both fighters will finally get to settle the animosity held against each other; the world will also find out whether the UFC middleweight division will have a new champion or not.

Dricus Du Plessis on Sean Strickland's attack

Recently, on The Coach and The Casual Podcast, Dricus Du Plessis shared his thoughts on getting attacked by Sean Strickland and revealed why he's so unusually calm about it.

"For me, I was completely calm about – I wasn't angry," Du Plessis said, as quoted by mmajunkie.usatoday.com. "I was having fun, and the security was like, 'You need to chill.' I'm like, 'I'm as chill – I can't be more chill.

What do you want from me?' There's no hard feelings, I still have the world's respect for Sean Strickland. He's a real man. I said it, and he showed that (at UFC 296). I mean, he stood up for himself and he did what he – that's what a real man does.

He stood up for himself. Listen, did he behave like a champion? Probably not. But at the end of the day, champion or not, we are fighters. We are not football players. We are not sprinters. We are fighters, and that's what we do.

It's in our DNA". Israel Adesanya will soon return, and it will be fascinating to see how soon he ends up fighting either one of them.

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