‘Gun Put To My Head’- Dana White’s UFC Africa Plans Hit With Reality Check After Ex UFC Champ’s Major Revelation

Published 01/23/2024, 12:29 PM EST

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The main event for UFC 297 ended with Dricus Du Plessis gaining the edge over Sean Strickland in a close back-and-forth fight, and being crowned as the new UFC middleweight champion. Now with Du Plessis winning the middleweight gold, there are 4 African UFC champions in the history books, but unlike the other champions, Du Plessis won UFC gold training in Africa. This could mean bigger business deals for Dana White and the UFC in the future.

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With ‘Stillknocks’ taking the middleweight title back to South Africa, we can be certain that Dana White and the UFC would look to host an event in the country. However, former UFC champion, Michael Bisping revealed an interesting story after his take on the main event fight. Let’s find out!

Michael Bisping gives his take on Strickland vs. Du Plessis with a major twist in the end

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At the review show of UFC 297 on TNT Sports, Michael Bisping, gave his take on how he watched the fight between Dricus Du Plessis and Sean Strickland play out. He stated, “He (Dricus Du Plessis) could see the pressure from Sean Strickland. And yes, he was strategic. And yes, he was very disciplined in his approach, but too disciplined, it’s too strategic. You’ve got to start following it up. You got to start going forward.”

Bisping commended Strickland’s jabs which had done most of the damage on Du Plessis’s face, however critiqued him for not following up on his jab. He told Catterall and Nick Peet, “Of course, he did do that on some occasions, but not enough. And the whole time, as I said before, the visual the body language, the aggression, the intent, the takedowns it was all on the side of Dricus Du Plessis.”

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“And yeah, Sign me up. Take my money. I’m on a flight to Cape Town to Johannesburg, wherever you want to go.” said the former middleweight champ, showing his excitement for the South African’s reign as champ. However, he followed it up saying, “I’m just warning you don’t go out late at night because when I did I got a gun put to my head and I almost died. Other than that, beautiful place and I’m willing to go back.”

Michael Bisping managed to make a situation of him almost getting killed into a joke. But, there is truth to the former middleweight champ’s horrific yet hilarious statement. South Africa, as beautiful as it is, is just as dangerous. But oddly enough, it might just be the perfect place to hold an event there.

Will Dana White take the UFC to South Africa?

The UFC CEO has been vocal about wanting to take the UFC to Africa. In an older media interview, Dana White revealed that he had plans to take the UFC to Africa and also open a performance institute before he retired. Now, with a new South African champion, the UFC might go to Africa sooner than expected. Here is what the new middleweight champion had to say about it.

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In the post-fight conference of UFC 297, when told about White’s ambition of taking the UFC to Africa, Du Plessis said, “It gonna be now for a long time now. But yeah, I think it’s time. We’ve worked our a**** off to get this event to Africa and South Africa and it’s time that happens.”

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In your opinion, how long until we witness an event being organized in Africa? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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