- Dricus du Plessis detailed how he wound up being fined for jumping over the fence to greet Donald Trump
- “Stillknocks” also revealed his reason for disobeying the rules
Dricus du Plessis came clean about having to pay $10,000 of fine for jumping over the fence to get close to Donald Trump at UFC 290.
Dricus couldn’t help it
Speaking to Fight In Sight podcast, “Stillknocks” revealed how he ended up breaking the rule despite being reminded about it several times. According to Du Plessis, the security had warned him not to jump over the fence and come near the former POTUS. However, Dricus said that after finishing Robert Whittaker, he noticed Trump was giving him the props and he didn’t want to let the moment slip away.
“Yes, that was the initial fine for jumping over the cage, yeah,” Du Plessis confirmed. “They said- they told us beforehand, ‘If you jump over, you’re getting a $10,000 fine.’ And I said ‘Okay, I won’t jump over the fence, I’ve never jump over the fence, why would I jump over the fence? I’ve never done that before,'” Du Plessis began.
“They said it to me like four times before walking out… I’m assuming it was because Trump was sitting cage-side in terms of safety. I was like, ‘I don’t know why you guys keep on hammering about me jumping over the fence, I’ve never done it before,'” he continued. “… After the fight, I just looked to the side and Trump stood up and gave me an ovation. I was like ‘This is too cool of a moment for me to let by,’ and well, I jumped over the fence, obviously, and greeted Trump.”
Dricus is gearing up for his first title fight
Du Plessis has been undefeated in the UFC and the win over Whittaker at UFC 290 earned him a title shot. He is now preparing for his middleweight title fight against Sean Strickland at UFC 297.
Heading into the match, “Stillknock” said he would be relying on his ability to adapt until he figures out a way to stop Strickland.
UFC 297 will take place on January 20 at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Canada.
Check out Du Plessis’ full interview below: