Dricus Du Plessis
Stillknocks

South Africa

Out
Injury Undisclosed
Est. Return 5/10/2021
Scratched from March 20 card
MiddleweightUFC
Out
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.
ANALYSIS
The reason for Du Plessis' withdrawal remains undisclosed at this time. In his place, Roman Dolidze will step in to fight Trevin Giles.
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Matchup with Trevin Giles on tap
MiddleweightUFC
Out
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.
ANALYSIS
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
MiddleweightUFC
Out
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.
ANALYSIS
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.
Making UFC debut Oct. 10
MiddleweightUFC
Out
September 24, 2020
Du Plessis will take on Markus Perez at the UFC event October 10, Raphael Marinho of Combate.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Du Plessis will be filling in for Rodolfo Vieira, who was forced to withdraw earlier in the week. This middleweight bout will feature Du Plessis making his UFC debut, and Perez fighting for the first time since November of 2019.