Showdown in the Octagon: Sean Strickland vs. Dricus Du Plessis at UFC 297

Showdown in the Octagon: Sean Strickland vs. Dricus Du Plessis at UFC 297 - sportingbet

Few things are more exhilarating to UFC fans and sports enthusiasts than witnessing two elite fighters square off inside the Octagon for a chance at title glory. For South African sports betting enthusiasts, there's no better time to delve into the thrilling world of MMA betting, with our very own Dricus 'Stillknocks' du Plessis stepping into the spotlight.

The countdown has begun as SA’s fighting sensation, Dricus du Plessis gears up for his UFC title showdown on an 8-fight win streak and primed to add more casualties to his growing tally with Strickland being his no.1 target!

With his out-of-octagon antiques, sharp tongue, impressive skills and determined mindset, 'Stillknocks' has certainly caused a stir in the UFC universe leading up to this highly anticipated title decider! DDP is scheduled to face off against current UFC middleweight title holder, Sean "Tarzan" Strickland as the main card for UFC 297 at the ScotiaBank Arena, Ontario, Canada, for a shot at the coveted UFC Middleweight Title this Sunday, January 21st at 5am SAST.

Needless to say, tensions between the two have reached a boiling point, with both fighters ready to engage in verbal and physical warfare at any given moment as their recent altercation at UFC 296 showcased. The two entered into a bare-knuckle brawl, after a few “friendly” words were exchanged, in the middle of a packed Las Vegas arena. This led to security literally peeling ‘Tarzan’ off ‘Stillknocks’, eventually resulting in Strickland being escorted from the event. So get ready for an upcoming feature fight that promises to deliver an epic clash of styles that is sure to leave fans on the edge of their seats this Sunday.

The Clash of Styles: Striker vs. Striker

When Du Plessis and Strickland step into the Octagon, fans can expect a classic striker vs. striker matchup. Both fighters possess exceptional stand-up skills, certainly making this contest Fight of the Night.

Stillknocks’ explosive striking and devastating combinations could spell trouble for Strickland if he's not careful. In the other corner, however, Strickland will aim to maintain his composure and use his reach advantage in hopes to keep DDP at bay. Strickland's footwork and defensive skills will be essential in Sunday morning's titanic title tussle.

Now, get ready to place your bets, as we explore MMA’s exciting betting markets and where our fellow Mzansi fans can catch all the action.

MMA Betting Markets: A Wild Playground

Let's explore the diverse range of MMA betting markets SportingbetSA has on offer. You'll feel spoiled for choice when you feast your eyes on our array of Pre-Match and Live betting markets for Sunday's main card! Here are a few for you to consider -


  • Gone in 60 Seconds.
  • How Will the Fight Finish?
  • Method of Victory: 5-Way or 7-Way.
  • When will the fight finish?
  • Exact Fight Outcome


  • 7-Way Method of Victory.
  • Round betting
  • Last Minute Finish
  • Fight to be Won by Split or Majority Decision

Registered Sportingbet fans enjoy a wide array of markets, price boosts and promotions for the fight; including a stunning UFC 297 Risk-Free Token offer. Selected UFC fans can get a knockout 50% Risk-Free token, up to the value of R500! Please refer to your Promotions Page for the full terms.

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A Must-Watch Showdown

Now that you're well-versed in MMA betting, it's time to prepare for Dricus du Plessis' upcoming showdown. To truly savour the action, you'll need to know where and when to watch:

1. Live at the Venue: 

If you're one of the fortunate few that secured tickets to the live event, prepare for an electrifying night at the arena as you witness every punch, kick, and takedown up close and personal.

2. Pay-Per-View (PPV): 

Can't make it to the venue? No worries! You can catch the fight on SuperSport Action (DStv channel 201 & 210) and UFC PPV on UFC Fight Pass.

3. Online Streaming: 

In today's digital age, streaming platforms offer a convenient way to watch the action from the comfort of your home or mobile phone. Platforms like ESPN+, UFC Fight Pass or local streaming services may also showcase the event.

4. Sports Bars and Pubs: 

Generally the “go-to” for the overzealous patriotic sports fanatics, however good luck finding one open this Sunday at 5am ready to serve a cold one!

As fight night approaches, anticipation for the clash between Dricus Du Plessis and Sean Strickland continues to build. This matchup embodies what makes mixed martial arts so electrifying – the collision of styles and determination in the pursuit of glory.

Whether you're a die-hard MMA enthusiast, a casual fan or a UFC betting boffin, this fight is one you won't want to miss. Dricus Du Plessis vs. Sean Strickland has all the makings of an epic battle that will leave a lasting impression on the UFC landscape. Tune in to witness the heart-pounding action and find out who will emerge victorious in this high-stakes showdown.