There’s going to be a real bloodbath in Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena on Saturday, January 20, 2024. Not only is Sean Strickland vs. Dricus Du Plessis a battle for the UFC Middleweight title, but it’s also a war between two tough guys who hate each other’s guts.

Before Betting on Sean Strickland vs. Dricus Du Plessis UFC 297

Sean Strickland is famous for trash-talking without any limits, but ahead of UFC 297, it’s he who’s the victim of Dricus Du Plessis’s insensitive comments. The South African made jokes about Strickland’s rough childhood, for which “Tarzan” attacked him (and landed some nice punches).

No surprise there, really, knowing Strickland. But he did surprise the entire MMA community when he broke down in tears while on Theo Von’s podcast.

We’ve never seen Strickland this way, which can mean one of only two things. Either Du Plessis has won the mind-game war already or Strickland will make him regret his comments.

One thing is certain, Strickland won’t go easy on his opponent. Instead, he’ll probably throw everything he’s got at Du Plessis to hurt the guy. The bad news for Strickland is that this is a tactic that doesn’t work against Du Plessis.

The South African is famous for being a smart guy with a high fight IQ, who knows how to take advantage of his opponent’s mistakes, no matter how tiny they might be.

Strickland vs. Du Plessis Offshore Odds and Prediction

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Strickland is a brawler who lands a lot of strikes and gets punched a lot. Du Plessis, on the other hand, is a much more well-rounded fighter who can finish literally any opponent. We think he’ll try to take the fight to the ground, where he’s superior to Strickland.

So, the question is can he land a takedown against fired-up “Tarzan”? It’s not going to be easy but we do feel as if backing Du Plessis would be the right move.

Pick: Dricus du Plessis