LE CAP – South African Ultimate Fighting Championship athlete Dricus du Plessis (15-2) has shown nothing but respect and admiration for his next UFC 264 opponent, Trevin Giles (14 -2).
Pretoria-based mixed martial artist Dricus will take on the US cop in a middleweight clash next Sunday in the highly anticipated Dustin Poirier vs Conor McGregor trilogy in Last Vegas.
Dricus and Trevin were originally scheduled to fight on March 20, however, the fight was called off due to visa issues for the former.
As for UFC 264, Dricus praised Trevin’s commitment to everything he does.
âThe ability to be a full-time police officer, to have four kids and a family, and still be able to compete at the highest levelâ¦ that’s something I can appreciate about this guy,â says Dricus. .
âTrevin isn’t just a walk, he’s not just participating in the UFC, he’s a threat in the UFC. He’s 5-2 in the UFC, that’s right up there. He’s always coming to fight, he’s always in play and he’s putting on a huge performance.
“When the first fight was called off, I immediately asked my management to ask Trevin’s management if we could reschedule this fight because I think he’s a great fighter, he is ranked higher than me and so on. ‘It’s a perfect fight for me, “said Dricus, who beat Brazilian Markus Perez (12-5) in October last year on his short-term debut.
With all due respect, Dricus now faces a more dangerous opponent who is on a three-game winning streak with his latest win against
Roman Dolidze of Georgia (9-1) in the fight which was to be Dricus’ second fight.
Trevin has more experience in the UFC Sacred Octagon with seven fights compared to Dricus. A reality and a challenge that Dricus relishes …
âI think our styles are going to allow for a massive fight, we have everything to put in a massive performance, and that’s what I want to do at the end of the day. I want someone who comes and hits, all of his fights are exciting to watch, âDricus said.
“He’s got one more win under his belt so he’s on a three-game winning streak even higher up the standings so for me he’s a win-win all the way.”
Trevin has vicious hands and pace with decent enough ground play to start, concluding his current record sheet with six well-balanced knockouts, five submissions and three decisions.
According to UFC statistics gurus, his out precision (80%) and defense (79%) are also pretty impressive.
Dricus, on the other hand, is a predatory trader known for not losing any opportunities. Aside from his exceptional stand-up, he built his impressive record by subduing 10 of his 17 opponents, all of whom punched either by bare rear choke or guillotine choke. It will be interesting to see if he can add Trevin to his choke list taking into account that both of Trevin’s losses are due to guillotine chokes.
âAll of his fights are big hits, there’s a lot of action and that’s something I wanted. He has some speed in his hands which is great.
Trevin is still a fighter in the game, I have to say. When tired or put in difficult positions, he always manages to get through it and shows a lot of heart. But whatever he does, I honestly believe I have all the tools to beat him, not just in one aspect of MMA, but in most
aspects of MMA … and maybe all of them. I think I’m definitely the best fighter, âDricus said.
Looking back, the first canceled fight may have been a blessing in disguise given the perhaps more lucrative opportunity that has now been presented to the two athletes being on the preliminary card of the Poirier vs. McGregor trilogy.
For those who don’t know, Conor is a global sports icon and UFC superstar known for making the biggest pay-per-view buys in sports history due to his great personality, business accomplishments and of its overall capacity to react. of his opponents and fans around the world.
The Irishman has also been confirmed as the highest-paid Forbes athlete in 2021, overtaking football icons Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Any card bearing his name is guaranteed to attract large numbers and millions of pairs of eyes to the fight card, which bodes well for Dricus who appreciates the trust the UFC has placed in him prior to the UFC 264.
âIt was pretty amazing when I found out I would be on the card,â said Dricus – a former two-time Extreme Fighting Championship title holder who went on to win the Polish KSW welterweight title, before signing. with the UFC.
“It’s a big step for me in terms of knowing that all eyes in the world are going to be on me, but it’s also a big compliment to know that the UFC trusts me on a bigger card like this. and that they think of me as someone who can entertain and sell.
âLook at the rest of the map, all the fights are really amazing fights, if you look at the fighters on the main map and under map, these are all the guys who always go out there and perform, you don’t. too many athletes winning by decision.
âLook at Gilbert Burns (19-4) and Stephen Thompson (16-4-1), they’re guys with knockouts. It’s always an exciting fight to watch, and I think that’s what they want do with that card.
âThe UFC knows it’s a massive card. Chances are, this will be the biggest pay-per-view card in UFC history.
âThat said, I think they wanted to put on some cracker fights and with me having 17 fights and 15 wins at the end, as well as going out on short notice when I started out and getting that first round knockout, that really cemented that. . “
Dricus – who thrives on high-pressure situations – has battled in front of massive crowds before, but nothing quite as glamorous as this event which will take place in a sold-out T-Mobile Arena (filled to capacity) in Las Vegas.
âWhen those lights are shining and the crowd is roaring, booing you or being for you, that’s where I feel most comfortable. When the stakes are high, the pressure is high and my performance is high. I feel that pressure, but it just makes me perform at the next level, âadds Dricus.
Watch the full video interview on MzansiMMA’s YouTube channel.