Dricus “Stillknocks” Du Plessis | 15-2 | 6’1 185 lbs. | Age 27 | Reach 76” | Switch Stance | Fighting Out of Hatfield, Pretoria, South Africa
Dricus Du Plessis (15-2) has never heard the final bell to end a fight with all 15 of his professional wins coming via stoppage. The South African would arrive on the UFC scene in October 2020 and duly delivered his eighth first-round finish on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
“Stillknocks” still trains out of the same city he calls home, Hatfield in Pretoria, South Africa. Hatfield is a suburb amongst greater Pretoria, lying in the northeastern tip of the country, and interestingly Du Plessis now co-owns the gym where he started his martial arts career back in 1999, Team CIT.
Dricus first found judo and trained solely in the art until 2006 when he chose to expand his horizons. Wrestling would next take precedent for “Stillknocks” which then quickly made way for kickboxing, where he seemingly found a true passion. At age 15 in 2009, he won the South African Amateur K-1 kickboxing title and in 2012, Du Plessis became the first South African to win the World K-1 Amateur title before making his pro debut in MMA one year later.
Before the UFC came calling, Dricus Du Plessis captured two titles in South African promotion EFC and one in Poland with KSW. Two of the belts were snatched at welterweight but those days seem to be behind “Stillknocks” as he’s taken his last four fights up at 185 lbs.
If he can capture a big win on Saturday, “Stillknocks” has a chance to send his UFC stock soaring. He finds himself on one of UFC’s biggest cards of the year with Conor McGregor facing Dustin Poirier for the third time in the main event of UFC 264. Even though his fight is slotted on the prelims, so many eyes are hovering over UFC news and a Du Plessis win can catapult him up the ranks. He battles Trevin “The Problem” Giles (14-2) and the prelim card starts at 8 PM ET.
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