Dricus du Plessis wins UFC 276 war

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South Africa’s Dricus du Plessis delivered on his promise of becoming a house-hold name in the MMA world with a unanimous decision win over American Brad Tavares at UFC 276 in Las Vegas on Saturday.

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Du Plessis was awarded the fight 29-28 on all three judges’ scorecards after 15 minutes of thrilling action inside the octagon at the T-Mobile Arena in Nevada.

In his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan, Du Plessis called out another American fighter, Kelvin Gastelum, who was scheduled to throw down with Mzansi’s finest at UFC 273 before bailing with an ‘undisclosed injury’ – as reported by The South African website.

With his win, Du Plessis moved to 17-2 in his career and into the Top 15 in the UFC middleweight standings.

UFC 276 card and results

Israel Adesanya (c) def. Jared Cannonier via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 50-45)

Alexander Volkanovski (c) def. Max Holloway via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)

Alex Pereira def. Sean Strickland via first-round TKO (punches)

Bryan Barberena def. Robbie Lawler via second-round TKO (punches)

Sean O’Malley vs. Pedro Munhoz ends in no contest due to eye poke

Jalin Turner def. Brad Riddell via first-round submission (guillotine choke)

Jim Miller def. Donald Cerrone via second-round submission (guillotine choke)

Ian Garry def. Gabriel Green via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Dricus du Plessis def. Brad Tavares via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Andre Muniz def. Uriah Hall via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Maycee Barber def. Jessica Eye via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Julija Stoliarenko def. Jessica Rose-Clark via first-round submission (armbar)

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