Dricus du Plessis’ seven-year voyage as a qualified fighter will certainly reach it has the high place this weekend break when the Southern area African-american makes his bows within the Ultimate Fighting Tournament, the dream of any younger MMA athlete.
Man Plessis is part connected with the main Combat Night time card taking place from Fight Island in Abu Dhabi, with SuperSport’s are living broadcast starting at 1am on SuperSport Action (DStv ch 210 – VOTRE and Nigeria; DStv ch 230 - Rest of Africa).
He fights Markus Perez of Brazil, who else have been with UFC with regard to three decades, acquiring won a pair of party and lost three other folks. Their match-up is the particular other on the primary card.
It is been recently a new frantic small amount of weeks regarding the Pretoria-based sportsperson, who also received word from the ULTIMATE FIGHTER CHAMPIONSHIPS that this individual experienced received a multi-fight contract in addition to then possessed to organise this forms doubly quickly to be able to ensure he may get to Struggle Island’s bio-bubble in time.
“It’s been a long road, ” he or she said connected with his career that saw him crowned the High Fighting Championship’s youngest champ, with 20, and their subsequent fights in the particular UK and Poland where he demonstrated his skill since a good submission specialist.
When various South Africans have got tried and failed throughout UFC, Du Plessis says this individual will draw via their experience of getting retaliated before big throngs overseas, a luxury his predecessors never experienced.
“I fought at a sold-out Wembley Stadium in London... I actually can deal with pressure. My spouse and i won my first subject at 20, in opposition to ‘Soldierboy’ (Garreth McLellan). Since the fifth fight, I’ve solely fought on main cards. ufc was produced for this, ” mentioned the 26-year-old.
Along with some sort of background across a variety of beat sport (boxing, wrestling together with judo), he’s an efficient all-rounder which nonetheless enjoys the ground game. He does not necessarily do overtime either: every one of his 16 fights features finished early.
Du Plessis will be looking for more than just this win this weekend. Talking from Fight Isle, they told SuperSport that he’s well aware of UFC’s desire for entertaining players around pure sports athletes.
“A great deal of guys just need to win, playing with UFC’s world you must charm, you must do it all. I awakened to the fact early in my career of which I must excite together with that’s what I’ve provided. ”
Having sized up Perez in the hotel room, Ni Plessis sees little or nothing particular. “Having fought [and lost] inside ULTIMATE FIGHTER CHAMPIONSHIPS, it’s do-or-die regarding your pet. He’ll come out there hard. But I’ve performed for this the whole living. This is where I belong. ”
Typically the rest of the key card: Marlon Moraes vs Cory Sandhagen; Edson Barboza against Makwan Amirkhani; Dan Rothwell vs Marcin Tybura; Dan Aspinall vs Joe Baudot; Youssef Zalal versus Ilia Topuria.