Strickland (28-6 MMA, 15-6 UFC) dropped the middleweight belt to Du Plessis (21-2 MMA, 7-0 UFC) by split resolution in Saturday’s headliner at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto. It was a extremely competitive fight, and the lacerations on Strickland’s face undoubtedly build him at a downside in the abet half of the five-spherical affair.
In the immediate aftermath, Strickland pointed to an alleged conflict of heads by Du Plessis as a contributing part in the outcome. Monday, he doubled down on that claim and acknowledged he could perchance’ve taken the easy out with a no contest, but as a replacement battled unless the cease – at which point he composed thinks his hand ought to’ve been raised (by blueprint of Instagram):
Du Plessis was caught off guard at the UFC 297 post-fight news conference when asked in regards to the yarn of a fight-altering conflict of heads, and argued he clearly won anyway.
Strickland’s most stylish feedback weren’t taken kindly by the unique champion (by blueprint of Instagram feedback):
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