UFC 297 Picks - Sean Strickland vs Dricus Du Plessis Prediction

Dricus Du Plessis vs Sean Strickland

UFC: Saturday, January 20th, at 10:00 PM ET

Betting Odds: -- Dricus Du Plessis -105 / Sean Strickland -115 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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Sean Strickland and Dricus Du Plessis face off on Saturday in the main event for the middleweight belt at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto. 

Sean Strickland vs Dricus Du Plessis Odds

Strickland is the slight favorite at -115 while De Plessis is a slight underdog sitting at -105. The total rounds sits at 2.5 rounds with the over paying out at -115. 

Sean Strickland Betting Preview

Sean Strickland comes into this game with a 28-5 record overall and he has won three fights in a row. Strickland’s last fight came against Israel Adesanya in September of 2023 and he was able to win by unanimous decision. Strickland outstruck Adesanya 137-94 and that was enough for the victory. Strickland during his career is averaging 5.82 significant strikes per minute while absorbing 4.24 significant strikes per minute. Strickland is averaging 0.92 takedowns every 15 mintues and is successful on 64 percent of his takedown attempts. He also stops 84 percent of his takedown attempts. 

Dricus Du Plessis Betting Preview

Dricus Du Plessis comes into this fight with a 20-2 record overall and since coming into the UFC he has gone 6-0. His last fight came against Robert Whittaker in July of 2023 and he was able to secure the victory in the second round by knockout. Du Plussis is averaging 6.95 significan strikes per minute while absorbing 3.79 significant strikes per minute. Du Plessis wants to get the fight to the ground and is averaging 2.72 successful takedowns every 15 minutes. He is successful on 50 percent of his takedown attempts and also stops 40 percent of his takedown attempts. 

Sean Strickland vs Dricus Du Plessis Betting Prediction

Du Plessis is a dangerous fighter but he’s not going to be the person to get the job done here. De Plessis is going to try and finish this fight and Strickland isn’t going to let it happen. Strickland knows what it’s like to win the belt, and he also knows what it’s like to win in it in five rounds. Strickland is going to wear down Du Plessis as the fight goes on, and that is going to be the difference as he’s going to get the job done. Back Strickland on the money line to cash here. This is a very strong play. 

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