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UFC 297 live stream: How to watch Strickland vs Du Plessis online right now, match card, start time. UFC 297, headlined by the bout between Sean Strickland and Dricus Du Plessis airs live on Saturday, Jan.20, 2024 (1/20/24) at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario.
Two championship bouts headlines another exciting pay-per-view on Saturday night, as the Ultimate Fighting Championship heads north of the border.
The main event will see Sean Strickland put his Middleweight title on the line against Dricus Du Plessis.
Strickland comes into this fight hot off defeating Israel Adesanya at UFC 293 by unanimous decision, claiming his first championship since joining the promotion. The Anaheim native has won three consecutive bouts, and nine of his last 11. He has a career record of 28-5, with 15 wins coming by knockout or submission.
Du Plessis has been on a tear since coming to the UFC in 2020. The South African-born fighter has won each of his six fights so far, four of them coming via knockout. He earned his first title shot in the promotion after beating Robert Whittaker by TKO at UFC 290 last July. Du Plessis has a career record of 20-2, all but one of those wins have come by a finish.
The other notable fight on the main card sees Raquel Pennington and Mayra Bueno Silva duke it out for the vacant Women’s Bantamweight belt.
The belt was vacated by Amanda Nunes, who retired after beating Irene Aldana at UFC 289.
Pennington has a career record of 15-8 and is coming off a split-decision victory over Ketlen Vieira. At 35, this will be just her second shot at UFC gold, losing to Nunes in 2018.
This is Bueno Silva’s first shot at a title. The Brazilian fighter has had some controversy over her tenure in the UFC, including having her win over Holly Holm last July overturned after Bueno Silva tested positive for ritalinic acid. She has a career record of 10-2-1, with seven wins coming by submission.
Here’s what you need to know:
What: UFC 297
Main Event: Sean Strickland vs. Dricus Du Plessis
When: Saturday, Jan.20, 2024
Where: Scotiabank Arena
Main Card Time: 10 p.m. ET
Prelim time: 8 p.m. ET
Live stream for main event: ESPN+
Live stream for prelims: ESPN+
When Sean Strickland went after Dricus Du Plessis last month outside the octagon during UFC 296, jumping over a row of seats to throw a series of haymakers, it would have been easy to dismiss that as a publicity stunt to promote their main event at UFC 297. Du Plessis insisted this week what happened was real.
Anybody who thinks that was fake or staged, I wasn’t informed of that because I took some real punches, Du Plessis said. More real punches will be thrown Saturday night when Strickland (28-5) makes his first middleweight title defense against Du Plessis (20-2) in Toronto.
The hostility between the two began at a news conference in December when Du Plessis referenced Strickland’s abusive relationship with his father. Strickland warned that Du Plessis had crossed a line and not to do it again, threatening violent action if he did. Both acknowledged that Strickland later sent Du Plessis a private message saying both sides should temper such talk. Du Plessis said he didn’t care what Strickland might say and took issue that he was out of line in bringing up the champion’s childhood.
That’s (Strickland) putting it out there. That’s (him) joking about it, Du Plessis said. I wasn’t joking about it. Do I think it’s good? No, I think it’s terrible what happened to him. I was completely respectful to Sean Strickland that whole press conference. Strickland has been an equal-opportunity offender leading up to this weekend, be it hurling expletive-laced insults at the LBGTQ community or women. It’s quite a different look from 2018 when a much more subdued Strickland showed up to fight in Canada.
I came from being such a piece of (trash), so whenever I got in front of the camera, you look at your peers, Strickland said. I wanted to fit that image. Any time I wore a suit, I hated it. I tried to fit that image. It’s way more freeing not trying to fit the mold of a superstar. It’s way better.
Strickland, who was born in Anaheim, California, and lives in Las Vegas, claimed his belt with an upset of Israel Adesanya at UFC 293 on Sept. 9 in Sydney. Strickland won by unanimous decision over the crowd favorite from nearby New Zealand. While putting down Du Plessis’ recent victories, saying they came against inferior competition, Strickland also expressed respect for the South African’s ability to give him a tough fight.
UFC 297 fight card
Sean Strickland (c) vs. Dricus du Plessis for the UFC middleweight title
Raquel Pennington vs. Mayra Bueno Silva for the UFC bantamweight title
Neil Magny vs. Mike Malott; Welterweights
Chris Curtis vs. Marc-Andre Barriault; Middleweights
Arnold Allen vs. Movsar Evloev; Featherweights
Brad Katona vs. Garrett Armfield; Bantamweights
Charles Jourdain vs. Sean Woodson; Featherweights
Serhiy Sidey vs. Ramon Taveras; Bantamweights
Gillian Robertson vs. Polyana Viana; Strawweights
Yohan Lainesse vs. Sam Patterson; Welterweights
Jasmine Jasudavicius vs. Priscila Cachoeira; Flyweights
Malcolm Gordon vs. Jimmy Flick; Flyweights
A kickboxer, Du Plessis won the W.A.K.O. Cadet World Championships in 2012. Turning pro in 2013, he is a former EFC welterweight and middleweight champion and won the KSW welterweight title in 2018. Joining the UFC in 2020, Du Plessis is 6-0 with the promotion, with his last contest being a TKO win against former champion Robert Whittaker in July.