Dricus Du Plessis reveals that Strickland accepted the loss right after the match

Dricus Du Plessis talks about the things Sean Strickland said to him right after the match.

by Aryan Lakhani
Dricus Du Plessis reveals that Strickland accepted the loss right after the match
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The UFC 297 main event decision went to the judges; a few people found the split decision an unfair call. But it is worth knowing that Sean Strickland himself admitted that Dricus Du Plessis won the match before making excuses about the accidental headbutt.

People have mixed opinions about the outcome of the middleweight clash; some experts believe Sean Strickland won, and some believe the exact opposite.

However, if Strickland said he lost, then no one else opinion should really matter.

Dricus Du Plessis on the post-fight conversation with Sean Strickland

Recently on SuperSport Unplugged, Dricus Du Plessis revealed the conversation he had with Sean Strickland.

“I chatted to him afterwards,” du Plessis said as quoted by mmafighting.com. “But then I saw his Tweet saying that — I understand calling for a rematch in the sense that you get the public behind. Saying, ‘Oh, you know you didn’t win that fight.’ He came to me in the cage — I think this is the first time publicly I’ll say this — he came to me in the cage right before they announced me as the new champion.

I went to him and I shook his hand, and I said, ‘You’re a warrior, well done, was a great fight,’ and he said, ‘No, you definitely beat me.’ He said to me, ‘You deserve it, you won that fight, you beat me.’ I said, ‘I also think so.

I have to agree with you on that.’

Dricus Du Plessis on Sean Strickland’s immediate reaction

“After I won the fight. You could see in his face, he knew. When the ref held our hands, he knew he wasn’t winning that fight.

Then, of course, he talks about the headbutt, which is not true. I remember the exact punch I caught him with that caused the bleeding. Afterwards, when we were in the doctor’s rooms, he came to me and said, ‘You’re a warrior.

I wouldn’t have wanted to lose to anybody else, because you deserve this, but then he goes on Twitter and says, ‘You will never be a champion,’ or something along those lines. Just the way he said it”.

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