Newly-crowned middleweight champion Sean Strickland has his first title protection date set for Saturday, January 20, when he faces Dricus du Plessis in the principle occasion of UFC 297 at Scotiabank Area in Toronto, Canada. The pair squares off within the scheduled for 5 rounds bout dwell on ESPN+ PPV. The announcement was made immediately by UFC President Dana White.
Sean Strickland (28-5) final fought in September in Sydney, the place he dethroned former 185-pound champion Israel Adesanya by unanimous choice. Along with the belt, the 32-year-old native of Anaheim, California collected his third win in a row.
No. 2-ranked middleweight contender Dricus du Plessis (20-2) gained his earlier bout in July by TKO within the second spherical in opposition to former champion Robert Whittaker. The 29-year-old contender of Hatfield, Pretoria, South Africa secured his eighth straight victory.
The co-main occasion is predicted to see Raquel Pennington up in opposition to Mayra Bueno Silva for the vacant UFC ladies’s bantamweight title.
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