So, let’s talk about that incident at UFC 296. You know, the one between Sean Strickland and Dricus Du Plessis. Yeah, that one. It was a full-on spectacle, wasn’t it?
Fast forward to tonight, and we’re all eagerly waiting for UFC 297 in January. Can’t wait to see what unfolds there!
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Anyway, where was I? Oh yeah, Gilbert Burns. He’s been spilling the beans on that cage-side brawl between Strickland and Du Plessis at UFC 296.
Strickland’s defending his middleweight strap against Du Plessis at UFC 297, right? That’s happening on Jan. 20 in Toronto. The bad blood started during a press conference to promote their fight. Du Plessis had the nerve to bring up Strickland’s abusive childhood.
They were seated close to each other at UFC 296 the next day. That led to speculation about the brawl being staged. But Burns, who had a front-row seat to the whole episode, swears it was real.
Strickland asked Burns’ wife and child to move before leaping over chairs to attack Du Plessis. Burns claims Strickland had already warned him something might go down.
Burns shared this on the Jaxxon podcast. He said Strickland looked at him and said, ‘Now!’ before the fight.
According to Burns, while Strickland can be seen throwing multiple shots in the video, no one connected flush with anything. “They hit each other a little bit,” Burns said. “People didn’t see that side of the camera. We saw because it was right there. There was kind of a little bit back-and-forth, but it was nothing clean.”
After the fight, Dana White came over to check if anyone got hurt. But, nothing happened to anyone, really.