It appears the war of words between Sean Strickland and Dricus Du Plessis is back on.
Strickland had an unsuccessful UFC middleweight title defense against Du Plessis to close out UFC 297. It was an action-packed and highly competitive fight between the two inside the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. After five rounds, Bruce Buffer revealed that two of the three judges scored the fight for Du Plessis, who is now the new UFC middleweight champion.
While the two bruisers showed mutual respect after the fight, it looks like they’re at odds once again.
Sean Strickland & Dricus Du Plessis At Odds Over UFC 297 “Headbutt”
In the above Instagram post, Sean Strickland doubled down on his initial claim that he and Dricus Du Plessis clashed heads. Strickland went as far as to say that the alleged headbutt allowed Dricus to steal the 185-pound gold.
“I didn’t take the cowards way out and tell the doctor I couldn’t see and got a no contest…. The only reason why you took a round from me is because I couldn’t see.. I won that fight, the world knows I won that fight……. The belt they gave you will never make you a champion, enjoy….
“They had to stitch through muscle to get it closed.
“Thank you to everyone your support has really kept my head up high through all this, grateful forever.”
Dricus fired back at Strickland in the comment section of his post:
— Mike Bohn (@MikeBohn) January 22, 2024
“Why don’t you cry about it… AGAIN.”
Following UFC 297, UFC CEO Dana White said that he’s sure Strickland and Du Plessis will share the Octagon again one day. With that said, he didn’t commit to a second fight between the two right away. After Du Plessis called out Israel Adesanya, many are wondering if “Izzy” is on the verge of ending his hiatus.