Alexander Volkanovski predicts Sean Strickland vs Dricus Du Plessis

Alexander Volkanovski explains why he thinks Dricus Du Plessis might secure a win.

by Aryan Lakhani
Alexander Volkanovski predicts Sean Strickland vs Dricus Du Plessis
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The much-awaited UFC 297 event is just a few hours away; the ceremonial weigh-ins are done, and all fighters have faced each other off. The action shall begin soon live from the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto. Fans and MMA experts have mixed opinions on the outcome of the main event: Sean Strickland vs Dricus Du Plessis.

The UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski can foresee Dricus Du Plessis winning the match, considering his cardio supports him till the last round. The entire world is waiting to see if the middleweight division has a new champion.

Alexander Volkanovski on Sean Strickland vs Dricus Du Plessis

In a recent YouTube video, Alexander Volkanovski explained how he thinks Dricus Du Plessis can get his hands raised. “It’s going to be a standup battle, and I still think it’s pretty 50-50 on the feet,” Volkanovski said, as quoted by

“I think he’s pretty awkward, Du Plessis. The later rounds, I want to say, obviously Du Plessis ended up having his nose surgery. He said that was giving him a lot of grief, and he said he felt great in his last one.

It definitely made a difference, so let’s see. Because I think cardio, we know Sean Strickland doesn’t waste too much energy, spars thousands of rounds, so he can go the five rounds every single time. He can bring it on in the last two rounds, and I think Du Plessis can too, so that’s why I’m sort of more unsure.

If I could guarantee Du Plessis’ gas tank is going to hold up, I’m more leaning towards Dricus. I think Dricus maybe does have more ways of winning but yeah, it’s going to be a very interesting fight”. The winner of the main event could most likely fight Israel Adesanya or Khamzat Chimaev next.

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