UFC 297: Dricus Du Plessis takes middleweight belt by split decision over Sean Strickland

Du Plessis is the first South African champion in UFC history

(48-47, 48-47, 47-48) on Saturday in Toronto, finishing a rapid ascent up the division.

UFC 297: Dricus Du Plessis takes middleweight belt by split decision over Sean Strickland

UFC 297: Dricus Du Plessis takes middleweight belt by split decision over Sean Strickland

UFC 297: Dricus Du Plessis takes middleweight belt by split decision over Sean Strickland

UFC 297: Dricus Du Plessis takes middleweight belt by split decision over Sean Strickland

UFC 297: Dricus Du Plessis takes middleweight belt by split decision over Sean Strickland

UFC 297: Dricus Du Plessis takes middleweight belt by split decision over Sean Strickland