Dricus Du Plessis says UFC 300 is just a number: “It’s not as massive as UFC Africa”

By Harry Kettle - February 8, 2024

UFC middleweight champion Dricus du Plessis believes that UFC Africa is bigger than UFC 300.

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Last month, Dricus du Plessis finally reached the top of the middleweight mountain. He defeated Sean Strickland to become the new king in what proved to be a barnburner of a fight. Now, of course, the big question is this: what’s next?

It’s a complex one, as you can imagine. The popular opinion is that Israel Adesanya will return and challenge for the belt. It’s not a guarantee, but it’s certainly what the people want.

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In a recent interview, du Plessis spoke about UFC 300 as a potential return date – as well as the elusive UFC Africa.

du Plessis stays smart

“I have no idea,” Du Plessis told Jacaranda FM. “For me right now, we are still busy with some scans, seeing what we can do in terms of after the fight. Some injuries, can we fight soon, is that a possibility, and all that. We have to make sure the longevity of my career is also taken into consideration. We’ve had a very active last year, year and a half. We rushed to get to this belt, we had to take every opportunity given to us. Right now, we need to be smart and defend this belt when it suits us.”

“UFC 300 obviously gonna be a milestone event. I would love to be part of that but not if that means I’m not gonna be fully recovered,” Du Plessis continued. “Defending my title is much more important to me than being on this milestone event. The real milestone event will be UFC in Africa and more importantly, South Africa. I can’t even explain to you how long I’ll be willing to wait to make that happen and defend my belt on home soil. That’s history. UFC 300 is just a number. It’s not as massive as UFC Africa.”

Quotes via MMA Mania

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