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Middleweight Division

#9 PFP


Title Holder


Dricus Du Plessis

Middleweight Division

21-2-0 (W-L-D)


Fight Win Streak


Wins by Knockout


Wins by Submission

Dricus Du Plessis

athlete record


Learn more about Dricus Du Plessis' UFC history, fighter facts, and Q&A below.

Place of Birth
Welkom, South Africa
Fighting style
Octagon Debut
Oct. 10, 2020
Leg reach
  • Pro since 2013

  • Has won 17 of his last 18 and nine in a row

  • Nine wins by KO, 10 by submission (4 guillotine, 5 RNC, face crank)

  • Eight first-round finishes

  • Lost 2014 bout to UFC vet Garreth McLellan

  • Origin of nickname: “Given by my brother after my amateur K-1 career, where my record was 33-0 with 30 KOs.”

UFC 297 (1/20/24) Du Plessis won a five round split decision over Sean Strickland to win the UFC middleweight title 

UFC 290 (7/8/23) Du Plessis stopped Robert Whittaker via strikes at 2:23 of the second round 

UFC 285 (3/4/23) Du Plessis defeated Derek Brunson via TKO (corner stoppage) at 4:59 of the second round 

UFC 282 (12/10/22) Du Plessis submitted Darren Till via face crank at 2:43 of the third round

UFC 276 (7/2/22) Du Plessis won a three-round unanimous decision over Brad Tavares

UFC 264 (7/10/21) Du Plessis knocked out Trevin Giles at 1:41 of the second round

UFC Fight Night (10/11/20) Du Plessis knocked out Markus Perez at 3:22 of the first round

When and why did you start training for fighting? Started Judo at the age of 5 to10, then wrestling at 12-14 years old. I always had a love for martial arts and started K-1 when I was 15. At age 18, I became the first ever South African WAKO K-1 world champion and then MMA was the next step. I started fighting because I loved it from the first day I stepped in a gym.

What ranks and titles have you held? Amateur K-1 SA champion, WAKO junior K-1 world champion, EFC Welterweight Champion, EFC Middleweight champion, KSW Welterweight champion 

Do you have any heroes? Dad, my two older brothers, Mike Tyson, Ragnar Lothbrok, Achilles

What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? Absolutely everything I’ve worked for since I was 16 years old has come down to this moment. I’ve been visualizing this moment for over 10 years and it’s finally here. The next stop will be a UFC championship. Finally being in the UFC makes all the sacrifices, dedication and hardships of the past decade 110% worth it.

Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I studied Agricultural Economics at the University of Pretoria but dropped out in my final year when I got my shot at my

EFC title to give fighting my everything and be fully committed to become the greatest fighter the world has ever seen.

What was your job before you started fighting? Never had another job. After school, being a professional fighter has been my only job.

Ranks in any martial arts styles: Kickboxing 2nd degree black belt 

Favorite grappling technique: Ground & Pound

Favorite Striking technique: Elbow to the face