Follow along on our Strickland vs Du Plessis Prediction and picks breakdown. As we gear up for the much-anticipated UFC 297 event, the spotlight is on the headline clash between Sean Strickland and Dricus Du Plessis. This middleweight title bout looks set to be an explosive collision of formidable talents. But who will emerge the victor? We delve into this intriguing match-up and give our prediction.

UFC Middleweight Champion Sean Strickland

Sean Strickland (-148), a seasoned veteran in the octagon with a professional record of 23 wins and 3 losses, is the slight favorite going into this bout, and it’s easy to see why. His polished, aggressive style, combined with striking precision and ground wrestling skill, sets him apart. The California native has particularly impressed UFC’s fan base with his nine wins by dec knockout, and four by submission, demonstrating a versatile arsenal to solidify his favorite status.

Strickland comes off an impressive win streak, convincingly dominating rivals with his precise striking capabilities. Importantly, his resilience and ability to take punishment have allowed him to survive in some grueling exchanges.

Dricus Du Plessis (+124), however, is not an opponent to be taken lightly. With a professional record of 16 wins and 2 losses, the South African is gaining traction for his ruthless executions in the octagon. His more rounded approach contrasts with Strickland’s predominantly striking game. Du Plessis boasts eight wins by knockout and five by submission, underlining his multi-dimensional threat.

Du Plessis Odds

His iron chin and explosive power make him particularly deadly, with his previous bouts demonstrating that he needs only a single opportunity to wrap things up. Du Plessis stepped into the spotlight following his UFC debut victory against Markus Perez, which he clinched via knockout.

Du Plessis KO of Robert Whittaker

However, given Strickland’s record and performance recently, Strickland, with a winning probability of -148, seems to be the safer bet. He has shown remarkable progression in his striking, as evidenced by his impressive win via unanimous decision against Uriah Hall.

There is no denying Du Plessis’ knockout power, but Strickland’s superior volume striking, combined with his formidable strength, should tee him up to control and dominate the fight. Strickland’s pace, combined with his consistent, patient approach, allows him to wear down opponents over time, gradually breaking their resistance and spirit.

This is not to say that Du Plessis doesn’t stand a chance. He is, without a doubt, a competent fighter with clean striking abilities and outstanding grappling skills. It’s just that Strickland seems to possess the more complete package and has been more consistent in his UFC run.

While every fight has its unpredictability and potentially surprising outcomes, based on current form, fight record, and overall fighting style, our prediction leans towards Sean Strickland. Providing he can neutralize Du Plessis’ explosive power and maintain his methodical pressure and volume striking, Strickland should secure a well-deserved victory.

Strickland dominating Adesanya to win title

Remember, though, in mixed martial arts, anything can happen. Whilst we lean towards Strickland, Du Plessis has the qualities to make a mockery of the odds and pull off what would be a stunning upset. Ultimately, no matter who triumphs on the night, UFC 297 is gearing up to be an unforgettable event.

Top Related questions:
What happened to Sean Strickland as a kid?
Strickland has given some details of a abusive father, both physically and verbally.

Who was Sean Strickland fighting in the crowd?
Strickland attacked his upcoming opponent Dricus Du Plessis.
The fight stemmed from a press conference where Du Plessis brought up Stricklands Father abusing him as a child.

Who will fight UFC 297?
Sean Strickland will defend his middleweight title again Dricus Du Plessis .

59%
PROBABILITY
41%

-148

ODDS

+124

Orthodox

STANCE

Switch

28-5-0

RECORD

20-2-0

6

WINSTREAK

4

10

WINS BY KO

7

4

WINS BY SUB

9

0

WINS BY DECISION

0

76"

REACH

76"

76"

LEG REACH

76"

32

AGE

29