‘Right Big Hand’- Sean Stricklands’ Accusations of Headbutt Against Dricus Du Plessis Get Ruled Out as Former UFC Champ Justifies Horrific Injury

Published 01/23/2024, 3:00 PM EST

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Sean Strickland and Dricus Du Plessis fought for the ages and it was a tough one to score. However, ultimately, the South African won but he now finds himself at the center of a controversy. Post the bout, the former champion alleged that Du Plessis head-butted him and gave him a cut above his eye. Many consider merit in this allegation, whereas a great chunk has deemed it to be an excuse.

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Amongst differing opinions, Michael Bisping, former middleweight world champion, weighs in. Who does he side with? What does he think of this entire debacle? Let’s find that out.

Head-butt or not? Michael Bisping answers

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Bisping acknowledges the fact that there was a cut sustained by Strickland but he is not sure if it was caused by a headbutt. Instead, he thinks it was caused by a punch from the South African, “Maybe there was an accidental clash of heads. I thought it was the big right hand Dricus landed but we will just take Sean’s side of it now. Alright, clash of heads,” said Strickland.

At the same time, he does not disregard the possibility of it being caused by a head-butt. But again, he urges Strickland to understand that it is the name of the game.

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He added, “That’s an unfortunate situation, but unfortunately, it makes martial arts one of the toughest sports on the planet. Things like that happen, and you’ve just got to roll with it. That’s how it goes.” 

His take appears to be quite holistic and comprehensive. Moreover, this saga has ignited several distinct opinions and has polarized them. However, let’s take a look at how the champion reacts to these allegations.

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Dricus Du Plessis shuts down these allegations

According to Du Plessis, he did not head-butt Strickland in their fight. He did not even know about any such allegations in the post-fight interview. He was clueless but denied any such allegations. Reflecting on the same, in the pressor, he stated, “I can’t say I did. It is the first time I have heard of it. I did not feel anything—He said I head-butted him. I can’t remember any head butt.”

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This debacle has continued to follow days after the fight and will likely do so in the future. Moreover, with such differing opinions, we ask you, do you think Strickland was head-butted? Share with us in the comments below.

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