Dricus Du Plessis has big aspirations for his career coming off his monster win over Darren Till.
UFC 282 is in the rearview mirror and now the fallout has begun. There were some big news stories coming out of the weekend, including the main event ending in a draw and the light heavyweight title remaining vacant. In addition to that, the co-main event scoring became a huge topic of conversation. On a night with so many finishes, some such as Dricus Du Plessis’ submission win over Darren Till, fell at the waist side.
Du Plessis came into the bout with the well-known Till hoping to move himself into the top ten. He very well may have done just that with a huge win over a man who had such hype behind him earlier in his career. Till has now lost his last three and his career is very unclear at the moment. On the flip side, Du Plessis’ career is soaring. He has won six in a row and looks for next year to be his crowning year.
Dricus Du Plessis thinks 2023 will be the year where he fights for a title
Du Plessis came to the UFC in 2020 and immediately began to draw eyes. He has now won all four of his UFC bouts and with a win over Till has people talking. He has lofty goals for himself heading into the new year and spoke about them as a guest on The MMA Hour.
“I would be surprised if I don’t fight for the title next year,” he said. “I would be surprised. I said this year I will be in the top ten by the end of the year and that’s happening. I honestly believe I’ll be in the top three in my next two fights.”
Du Plessis has a prediction as to who he believes he will face when that title shot finally does come and it is not the current middleweight champion Alex Pereira.
“Probably Izzy, or Robert,” he said. “I think Alex is an incredible fighter but I think Robert Whittaker beats him.”
Du Plessis feels he is a breath of fresh air to the 185-pound division and in his parting words sent a warning to the entire top ten that he is coming.