Dricus “Stillknocks” Du Plessis is a South African professional mixed martial artist currently competing in the middleweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).
In addition to being a two-time EFC middleweight and former EFC welterweight champion, he is also a former KSW welterweight champion.
He began training in judo at the age of five and eventually transitioned to kickboxing at the age of 14. He became a WAKO World Champion in K-1 style kickboxing, but eventually switched to mixed martial arts (MMA) after realising that there was no money to be made in kickboxing.
Dricus made his professional MMA debut in 2015 and rocketed through the ranks. He won his first 13 fights, 10 of which by knockout or submission. He then signed with the UFC in 2020.
His style of fighting style is characterised by his aggressive striking. He is a powerful puncher with a wide variety of shots, including kicks, knees, and elbows. He is also very good at mixing up his strikes and keeping his opponents guessing.
He is also a skilled grappler and has a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
Dricus speaks out about South African farm attacks which are a serious issue.
The attackers target white farmers and the attackers are almost always black.
Thousands of farmers have been murdered and the attacks are characteristically excessively violent. Furthermore, it doesn’t follow that the attacks are merely random acts of crime. In many cases, nothing is stolen and family members are brutally tortured for no apparent reason.
Dricus chatted to me about his fighting career and why he speaks out about farm attacks.
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