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Dricus du Plessis. Image via Instagram @dricusduplessis

UFC champ Dricus du Plessis: ‘This is not the end for me’ [watch]

Dricus Du Plessis sat down with reporters during a press conference. He took a trip down memory lane and opened up about his future plans.

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Dricus du Plessis. Image via Instagram @dricusduplessis

UFC Middleweight World Champion Dricus du Plessis returned home to South Africa and was interviewed during a press conference in Kempton Park as seen in a video shared on Thursday, 25 January via X (the social media platform previously known as Twitter).


Dricus du Plessis made history and became the first South African UFC champion after he edged Sean Strickland 48-47, 47-48, 48-47 last weekend in Toronto, Canada, MMA Fighting reported. He recently landed in Johannesburg at OR Tambo International Airport and received a hero’s welcome from several of his supporters.

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Dricus du Plessis defeated Sean Strickland by split decision to win the UFC middleweight title in Toronto, Canada on Sunday. Photo by Canadian Press/Shutterstock


At the recent press conference, the UFC middleweight champion went down memory lane and spoke about his historic victory at the Scotiabank Arena.

“When they started announcing that split decision, I have never prayed so hard in my life. Because now it comes to one judge’s opinion and maybe he doesn’t like green shorts, and I fought in green shorts. I was just standing there praying and saying ‘please let the right guy win this fight’. It was the most intense moment of my life,” the 30-year-old UFC middleweight champion said.

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Even after his historic victory, the iconic South African UFC champion still believes there is still more for him to achieve in his career.

“Fighting for the world title is as big as it’s going to get. But, there have been other people who have become champions in two-way divisions and if somebody else can do it, that means I can do it [too]. As big as this is for me and for South Africa, this is not the end for me,” he said.

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