SA's Dricus du Plessis triumphs at UFC 282

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South Africa's Dricus Du Plessis reacts after defeating England's Darren Till in a middleweight fight during the UFC 282 event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
South Africa's Dricus Du Plessis reacts after defeating England's Darren Till in a middleweight fight during the UFC 282 event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

South Africa's Dricus du Plessis bagged an impressive win at UFC 282 in Las Vegas over the weekend.

In his second appearance of the year, Du Plessis took on former welterweight title challenger Darren Till on the main card of UFC 282 at T-Mobile Arena.

The 28-year-old South African dominated the opening round before Englishman Till bounced back in the second. Du Plessis, though, got a second wind in the final round and locked up a submission after securing a takedown.

"I think Darren proved he's an incredible fighter, but I do believe if he wants to make any run at being successful, he needs to fight at welterweight," Du Plessis said afterwards. "Honestly felt that tonight. I'm not hating on Darren Till at all, I have all the respect in the world, but he is not strong enough or big enough to fight at middleweight."

Du Plessis is confident that his latest exploits could land him a big fight the next time he steps into the cage.

"I just got a proper stamp in a Fight of the Night, in the top 10 of the division," Du Plessis said. "I said in my last fight that I will be in the top 10 before the end of the year. Here I am, and I'm telling you guys now, I'll be a title contender by the end of 2023."

If he wants to achieve that goal, Du Plessis is targeting a return in March, with plans on fighting three or four times next year to ensure he reaches the top of the division.

Meanwhile, South Africa's Cameron Saaiman earlier rallied from getting a point deducted in the second round of his fight against Steven Kozlow.

The 21-year-old from Pretoria unleashed a barrage of strikes on Kozlow to hand him the first stoppage and first loss of his career.

Saaiman improved to 7-0 with his TKO victory.


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