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Du Plessis gains KSW recognition

Du Plessis gains KSW recognition

South African MMA star Dricus du Plessis has cracked KSW’s best fights of 2018 list.

Du Plessis (12-2) gained recognition for his thrilling debut in the promotion against Roberto Soldic (15-3) in April last year, with their showdown coming in at number three on the six-fight selection.

‘Stillknocks’ TKO’d Soldic in the second round to win the welterweight belt after weathering an early barrage from the heavy-handed Croatian at Centennial Hall in Wroclaw, Poland.

Soldic, however, returned the favour six months later with a third-round KO to reclaim the strap from Du Plessis at Wembley Arena in London, England.

READ: Dricus reflects on Soldic loss

Du Plessis, who is the EFC welterweight and middleweight champion, will next face fellow former KSW 77kg champ Borys Mankowski (19-7-1) at the Atlas Arena in Lodz, Poland on March 23.

While based at Team CIT MMA in Pretoria, Du Plessis is currently training alongside the likes of UFC superstars Luke Rockhold (16-4) and Robbie Lawler (28-12) at Hard Knocks 365 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Du Plessis is due to return to SA this month but it is unclear when he will compete on home soil again, as a proposed superfight with EFC light heavyweight and heavyweight king Dalcha Lungiambula (9-1) looks to have fallen through.

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