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Robert Whittaker vs Dricus Du Plessis preview
When is Whittaker vs Plessis?
Robert Whittaker will fight Dricus Du Plessis during the main card of UFC 290, on Saturday 8th July 2023 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The fight will take place over 3 rounds in the Middleweight division, which means the weight limit will be 185 pounds (13.2 stone or 83.9 KG).
Whittaker vs Plessis stats
Robert Whittaker steps into the octagon with a record of 24 wins, 6 loses and 0 draws, 9 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 5 by submission.
Dricus Du Plessis will make his way to the cage with a record of 19 wins, 2 loses and 0 draws, with 8 of those wins by knock out and 10 by submission.
The stats suggest Plessis has a slight advantage in power over Whittaker, with a 42% knock out percentage over Whittaker's 38%.
If the fight goes to the ground, their records suggest Plessis will have a massive advantage over Whittaker, boosting at 53% submission rate over Whittaker's 21%.
Robert Whittaker is the older man by 3 years, at 32 years old.
Plessis has a height advantage of 1 inch over Whittaker. This also extends to a 2-inch reach advantage.
Whittaker is the more experienced professional fighter, having had 9 more fights, and made his debut in 2009, 4 years and 4 months earlier than Plessis, whose first professional fight was in 2013. He has fought 39 more professional rounds, 79 to Plessis' 40.
Whittaker vs Plessis form
Robert Whittaker has beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight, he won against Marvin Vettori at UFC Fight Night Paris on 3rd September 2022 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Accor Arena, Paris, France.
Previous to that, he had been beaten by Israel Adesanya at UFC 271 on 12th February 2022 by unanimous decision in their UFC Middleweight championship fight at Toyota Center, Houston, United States.
Going into that contest, he had won against Kelvin Gastelum at UFC Vegas 24 on 17th April 2021 by unanimous decision in their 5 round contest at UFC APEX, Las Vegas.
Before that, he had beat Jared Cannonier at UFC 254 on 24th October 2020 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
He had defeated Darren Till at UFC Fight Island 3 on 25th July 2020 by unanimous decision in their 5 round contest at UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi.
Plessis has won 5 of his most recent fights, stopping 3 of them, going the distance twice.
In his last fight, he won against Derek Brunson at UFC 285 on 4th March 2023 by knockout in the 2nd round at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, United States.
Previous to that, he had won against Darren Till at UFC 282 on 10th December 2022 by submission in the 3rd round at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas.
Going into that contest, he had defeated Brad Tavares at UFC 276 on 2nd July 2022 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas.
Before that, he had beat Trevin Giles at UFC 264 on 10th July 2021 by knockout in the 2nd round at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas.
He had won against Markus Perez at UFC Fight Island 5 on 10th October 2020 by knockout in the 1st round at UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
In terms of recent activity, Dricus Du Plessis has been fighting more than Robert Whittaker.
Robert Whittaker last fought 8 months and 27 days ago, while Dricus Du Plessis' last outing was 2 months and 26 days ago.
Whittaker's last 5 fights have come over a period of 2 years, 10 months and 5 days, meaning he has been fighting on average every 6 months and 26 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 21 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 4.2 rounds on average.
Plessis' last 5 fights have come over a period of 2 years, 7 months and 20 days, meaning he has been fighting on average every 6 months and 11 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 11 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 2.2 rounds on average.
What are the odds on Whittaker vs Plessis?
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