UFC 297 Recap: Strickland vs Du Plessis Showdown

UFC 297, held at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Canada, was a night of intense battles and surprising outcomes. The main event, a face-off between Sean Strickland and Dricus du Plessis, was a spectacle that kept fans on the edge of their seats.

The main event saw Dricus du Plessis, the South African fighter, dethrone Sean Strickland in a grueling, bloody, and back-and-forth fight. The final result of the close bout was a split decision in favor of Du Plessis. The scores were close, with two judges scoring it 48-47 for Du Plessis and one judge awarding Strickland the fight with a score of 47-48.

Du Plessis’ pressure was omnipresent throughout the five-round war, wearing Strickland down. Both fighters were bloodied during the fight, with Strickland suffering a nasty gash near his left eye. Du Plessis, on the other hand, had his left eye almost swollen shut. Despite these injuries, both fighters delivered on their promise to go to war inside the Scotiabank Arena.

Du Plessis became the fourth fighter in the last 15 months to hold the title, narrowly outpointing Strickland. The middleweight division has been turned on its head with this result. After the bout, Du Plessis called out Israel Adesanya, indicating a potential future showdown.

In the co-main event at UFC 297, Raquel Pennington defeated Mayra Bueno Silva to win the vacant UFC women’s bantamweight title. Pennington battled through a number of submission attempts from Bueno Silva throughout the fight, emerging with the unanimous decision victory.

Other notable fights included Neil Magny taking advantage of a gassed-out Mike Malott to secure a late TKO victory, and Jasmine Jasudavicius defeating Priscila Cachoeira via a third-round submission.

The event was a success, with a gate of $8 million USD and 18,559 in attendance. As the dust settles on UFC 297, fans and fighters alike look forward to the next event, UFC 298, set to take place in Anaheim, California.

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