On Saturday night, we had one heck of a night of UFC, as Leon Edwards took down Colby Covington for the welterweight title at UFC 296 in Las Vegas. However, perhaps the most exciting part of Saturday night didn’t go down in the Octagon…
It went on in the crowd, as Sean Strickland and Dricus Du Plessis were seen brawling it out. In the wild footage, the cameras pointed to Strickland and Du Plessis, with Du Plessis sitting directly behind Strickland.
When Strickland turned his back to Du Plessis, the South African continued to mock Strickland. Needless to say, whatever he said triggered Strickland, and he began to repeatedly punch Du Plessis.
The full incident between Sean Strickland and Dricus Du Plessis at #UFC296 tonight.
The two are scheduled to fight on January 20th at UFC 297, so one may wonder why were these two sitting so close together when they have a fight coming up in a month? Well, as it turns out, UFC CEO Dana White was the one who accidentally put the two so close together.
White admitted in the press conference following the Covington/Edwards fight:
“So what kind of an a**hole sits Strickland next to Du Plessis? This a**hole, that’s who… I do every seating assignment every week… How f**king stupid is that? I mean seriously.
I don’t know what humans you can sit Strickland next to, but definitely not Du Plessis. I don’t even know how I missed that… This is the business we’re in. I say it all the time, jumped in there told Strickland to relax, go in the back. He decided to leave so he left the arena, and Du Plessis is good.”
It appears that the two heads eventually cooled down and separated themselves from each other, but this one could’ve ended REAL bad.
This fight coming up in January is gonna be something epic.
Dana White takes the blame for sitting Sean Strickland and Dricus Du Plessis next to each other at #UFC296