After UFC 276, Dricus Du Plessis ‘fights the big dogs now’, Gastelum or otherwise

Las Vegas, NV – Dricus Du Plessis’ first career decision was a lot of fun.

A three-round war with Brad Tavares not only entertained the fans, but Du Plessis himself.

“I finally got this victory by decision. It’s the first time I’ve made a decision, and it couldn’t have gone better, ”exclaimed South African Du Plessis (17-2) after the fight, as part of the UFC. 276 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. “If a decision were to be like this, I would make a decision every time. Because it’s a hard decision, it’s a decision the crowd loves. It’s a decision that no matter if that fight was finished or not, people were entertained, I was entertained, I left it all in there.

The middleweight, former KSW and EFC champion, expects the victory to put him in the rankings later this week.

“That’s when I get into the top 15, and I’m not leaving that top 15. I’m just going up from here. This fight must put the rest of the division on guard. If I don’t knock you down, if I don’t submit you, in the end, in the deep waters, I’ll still be there, throwing with all I have.

As for what’s next – or more specifically who – Du Plessis would like to reclaim the match he briefly had with Kelvin Gastelum earlier this year. But if not, anyone ranked will do.

“I’m not the matchmaker, but I feel it [the Gastelum fight] logic. The fight was basically already done. I made him a solid, I made the UFC a solid to take this fight on very short notice, and I was the only one who lost it. I gave up on my opponent, he pulled out fight week and I was left without a fight. It’s from the past. I have a huge performance now, I have my new contract, I fight big dogs now,” said Du Plessis. “If they don’t want to do the Gastelum fight, give me somebody else in the top 10. Whoever they want to give, I’m ready. I think tonight proved that. I have two knockouts, and tonight I made this very good decision. I showed that I’m not just a one or two round fighter, I’m a guy who can go the distance.

Watch the full UFC 276 post-fight press conference with Dricus Du Plessis above. More coverage of the event can be found below.

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