Dricus Du Plessis

South Africa

Fighting Andre Muniz in December
September 7, 2021
Du Plessis is scheduled for a middleweight fight versus Andre Muniz at the Dec. 11 UFC event, Brett Okamoto of ESPN.com reports.
Du Plessis will be looking for his third straight win to begin his UFC career, and both his of first two victories have come via knockout punches. His opponent, Muniz, is also undefeated in three UFC fights. Du Plessis is at disadvantages of one inch in height and two inches in reach against Muniz.
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Knockout power on full display
July 10, 2021
Du Plessis defeated Trevin Giles via KO (punches) at 1:41 of Round 2 at UFC 264 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
That should be more than enough to earn the hard-hitting Du Plessis a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus. Both men had their moments in Round 1, with Du Plessis' best work coming on the mat. Giles pushed forward with his hands down early in Round 2 and Du Plessis connected with a right hand that turned his lights out. Referee Chris Tognoni was on top of it and immediately stepped in. Du Plessis now has 16 career wins, with seven coming via knockout and nine via submission. The 27-year-old South African is a legitimate threat at 185 pounds and now in prime position to get a big fight in the later stages of 2021.
Set to fight at UFC 264
April 22, 2021
Du Plessis (undisclosed) has been added to the UFC 264 card on July 10 to face Trevin Giles, MMAJunkie.com reports.
The bout between Du Plessis and Giles was originally scheduled to go down on March 20, but he was scratched from the card for an undisclosed reason. Giles went on to defeat Roman Dolizdze and now has the originally scheduled fight back on the books. Du Plessis has emerged victorious in his last three bouts, including a first-round knockout (punch) of Markus Perez in his UFC debut last October. He holds owns a two-inch reach and one-inch height advantage over Giles, who also enters the fight with three straight victories.
Scratched from March 20 card
March 10, 2021
Du Plessis (undisclosed) is out for his scheduled fight against Trevin Giles at the UFC's event on March 20, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
The reason for Du Plessis' withdrawal remains undisclosed at this time. In his place, Roman Dolidze will step in to fight Trevin Giles.
Matchup with Trevin Giles on tap
January 11, 2021
Du Plessis (15-2-0) is slated to face Trevin Giles (13-2-0) in a middleweight fight targeted for the UFC's March 20 event, Mike Heck of MMAFighting.com reports.
Du Plessis returns to the Octagon having won his last three bouts, including a first-round knockout of Markus Perez on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi back in Octagon in what was the 26-year-old's promotional debut. Giles, meanwhile, also has been riding high of late, claiming victories in both of his fights in 2020.
Stellar effort in UFC debut
October 10, 2020
Du Plessis defeat Markus Perez via KO (punch) at 3:22 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
It took a late-notice opponent change for Du Plessis to make his UFC debut, but he quickly made the most of the opportunity. The power of Du Plessis was on full display when one short right hand quickly turned Perez's lights out. Du Plessis then followed up with a few unnecessary strikes before referee Kevin Sataki could jump in and call off the bout. It's obviously just one fight, but Du Plessis looks like a real threat inside the Octagon. His power is apparent, and he also is an excellent mat specialist (nine career wins via submission). We'll have to see how Du Plessis looks against better competition, but he's certainly worth keeping an eye on. He won't turn 27 years of age until January.