South African middleweight Dricus Du Plessis is set to fight Sean Strickland for the middleweight title on January 20 at UFC 297 in Toronto, Canada.
If he wins the massive title fight, which he is more than confident that he will, the South African 29-year-old would be more than happy to take on undefeated superstar Khamzat Chimaev in his first title defense.
“The UFC is probably going to want to do Khamzat,” Du Plessis said in a recent interview with James Lynch. “He’s a big draw, and they said if he won the fight against [Kamaru] Usman he’d get a title shot. That’s a fight I would gladly accept as champion, take out the boogeyman, it would be a massive pleasure.”
“Khamzat will try to take me down”
Du Plessis believes that Chimaev will struggle with the strength of a top ranked middleweight contender, especially if the undefeated fighter will try to take the fight to the ground.
“He’d try to take me down, and he should,” Du Plessis claimed. “I don’t think [Chimaev] realizes the power difference between 170 and 185. In terms of style, he tries to outpower everybody he fights, because he wants to show how strong he is. If he fights me and he fights that way, he’s going to find out what strength really feels like.”
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