All you need to know about UFC 297 as Strickland defends against Du Plessis

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Sean Strickland will defend his UFC middleweight title against Dricus du Plessis in the main event of UFC 297 this weekend.

Strickland stunned Israel Adesanya to win the belt last September in what was a huge upset.

Strickland is headlining the UFC's first numbered event of 2024


Strickland is headlining the UFC’s first numbered event of 2024Credit: Getty

‘Tarzan’ is now getting set to defend his crown for the first time against Du Plessis who also comes into this fight off a shock victory. 

The South African knocked out Robert Whittaker in the second round of their bout at UFC 290 last July and he returns to the Octagon having been handed a title shot. 

UFC 297: Date and start time 

This event is scheduled to take place on Saturday, January 20.

It will take place at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Canada. 

The action is set to begin at 11pm UK time with the early preliminary card before the preliminary card is expected to start at 1am on Sunday morning. 

The main card should get going at around 3am UK time. 

UFC 297: How to follow 

Fans can watch the preliminary action live on the UFC Fight Pass.

You can sign up to the Fight Pass for £6.99/month. More details can be found here

The main card will be broadcast live on TNT Sports Box Office. 

More details on how to sign up for TNT Sports and watch the event can be found here

Strickland dominated Adesanya to claim the belt


Strickland dominated Adesanya to claim the beltCredit: Getty

UFC 297: Undercard 

Subject to change 

Main card 

  • MAIN EVENT: Sean Strickland vs Dricus du Plessis – for UFC middleweight title 
  • Raquel Pennington vs Mayra Bueno Silva – for vacant UFC bantamweight title
  • Neil Magny vs Mike Malott
  • Chris Curtis vs Marc-Andre Barriault 
  • Arnold Allen vs Movsar Evloev

Preliminary card

  • Brad Katona vs Garrett Armfield
  • Charles Jourdain vs Sean Woodson 
  • Serhiy Sidey vs Ramon Taveras 
  • Gillian Robertson vs Polyana Viana 

Early preliminary card 

  • Yohan Lainesse vs Sam Patterson 
  • Jasmine Jasudavicius vs Priscila Cachoeira 
  • Malcolm Gordon vs Jimmy Flick 
Du Plessis steps into the Octagon for the first time since July


Du Plessis steps into the Octagon for the first time since JulyCredit: Getty

UFC 297: What has been said? 

Ahead of their huge bout, Strickland and Du Plessis brawled in the crowd during UFC 296. 

The pair were both in attendance at the event and after spotting his rival, Strickland jumped over multiple seats to attack Du Plessis with multiple punches and elbows. 

Security eventually separated the duo and they were then dragged away from each other. 

UFC boss Dana White then took the blame for the scuffle, questioning why he decided to seat them so close to each other ahead of their fight. 

Strickland and Du Plessis clashed in the crowd


Strickland and Du Plessis clashed in the crowdCredit: YouTube: TNT Sports

White said: “What kind of an a**hole sits Strickland next to Du Plessis? This a**hole, that’s who.

“I do every seating assignment every week. How f***ing stupid is that?

“I mean, seriously. I don’t know what humans you can sit Strickland next to, but definitely not Du Plessis. I don’t know how I missed that.

“It’s my job to make sure that stuff doesn’t happen. If I wasn’t an a**hole those two wouldn’t have been sitting next to each other. It blows my mind that I let that slip.”

UFC 297: Betting Odds

Sean Strickland 4/5 vs Dricus du Plessis 1/1

Raquel Pennington 2/7 vs Mayra Bueno Silva 11/4

Neil Magny 9/4 vs Mike Malott 1/3

*Prices correct as of 12:00pm – 15/01/2024

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