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Derek Brunson vs Dricus Du Plessis report
Who won Brunson vs Plessis?
Dricus Du Plessis beat Derek Brunson by during the prelims of UFC 285, on Saturday 4th March 2023 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The scorecards were announced as in favor of winner Dricus Du Plessis.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 3 rounds in the Middleweight division, which meant the weight limit was 185 pounds (13.2 stone or 83.9 KG).
Brunson vs Plessis stats
Derek Brunson stepped into the octagon with a record of 23 wins, 8 loses and 0 draws, 12 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 4 by submission.
Dricus Du Plessis made his way to the cage with a record of 17 wins, 2 loses and 0 draws, with 7 of those wins by knock out and 9 by submission.
The stats suggested Brunson had an advantage in power over Plessis, with a 52% knock out percentage over Plessis' 41%.
If the fight went to the ground, their records suggested Plessis had a massive advantage over Brunson, boosting at 53% submission rate over Brunson's 17%.
Derek Brunson was the older man by 10 years, at 39 years old.
Brunson had 1-inch reach advantage.
Brunson was the more experienced professional fighter, having had 12 more fights, and made his debut in 2010, 3 years and 2 months earlier than Plessis, whose first professional fight was in 2013. He had fought 20 more professional rounds, 60 to Plessis' 40.
Brunson vs Plessis form
Brunson had beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 1 of them, going to the judges 3 times.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had lost to Jared Cannonier at UFC 271 on 12th February 2022 by knockout in the 2nd round at Toyota Center, Houston, United States.
Previous to that, he had won against Darren Till at UFC Vegas 36 on 4th September 2021 by knockout in the 3rd round at UFC APEX, Las Vegas.
Going into that contest, he had beat Kevin Holland at UFC Vegas 22 on 20th March 2021 by unanimous decision in their 5 round contest at UFC APEX, Las Vegas.
Before that, he had defeated Edmen Shahbazyan at UFC Vegas 5 on 1st August 2020 by knockout in the 3rd round at UFC APEX, Las Vegas.
He had won against Ian Heinisch at UFC 241 on 17th August 2019 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Honda Center, Anaheim.
Brunson's last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 9 months and 21 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 9 months and 5 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 16 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 3.2 rounds on average.
Plessis' last 4 fights had come over a period of 2 years, 7 months and 28 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 7 months and 30 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 9 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2.3 rounds on average.
What were the odds on Brunson vs Plessis?
Derek Brunson was a 37/20 (+190) underdog going into the contest, while Dricus Du Plessis made his way into the ring at 11/25 (-230) with oddsmakers.
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