Derek Brunson vs. Dricus Du Plessis – Preview & Matchup Analysis

Derek Brunson vs. Dricus Du Plessis fight preview

UFC 285: Jones vs. Gane is scheduled to take place on Saturday, March 4, 2023, in Las Vegas, Nevada. In one of the matchups on the fight card, Derek ” Brunson will take on Dricus ‘Stillknocks’ Plessis in the Middleweight Bout. You can view the full UFC 285 card.

In this post, we will break down Derek Brunson vs. Dricus Du Plessis matchup. Let’s take look at the fighter’s ages, their height, records, reach, fight stats, and more below ⤵

The 40-year-old, Derek Brunson is coming in with a 23-8-0 record. Brunson will be fighting for the first time since a loss via KO/TKO against Jared Cannonier at UFC 271: Adesanya vs. Whittaker 2 in February.

Plessis, meanwhile, is coming off a submission win against Darren Till on February 12, 2022 at UFC 282: Blachowicz vs. Ankalaev and holds a 18-2-0 record.

Derek Brunson vs. Dricus Du Plessis
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Derek Brunson has an southpaw fighting stance with a 77 reach. The 30-year-old, Dricus Du Plessis is an switch fighter with a 76 reach. An orthodox fighter stands with their left side forward and jabs with their left hand, the southpaw fighter is the opposite, southpaw stands with their right side forward and jabs with their right hand. In most cases, orthodox fighters are right-handed, if you are left-handed, then you fight southpaw.

Derek Brunson:
→ Brunson’s striking accuracy is .
→ Brunson lands 3.5 significant strikes per minute.
→ Brunson’s takedown accuracy is .
→ Brunson’s takedown average is 3.23 per 15 minutes.
→ Brunson’s takedown defense is .

Brunson comes in with striking accuracy, typically landing about 3.5 significant strikes every minute. On the other side, Plessis fires at accuracy, landing about 6.62 significant strikes per minute. Derek Brunson also has a takedown accuracy and on average gets around 3.23 takedowns every 15 minutes, compared to Plessis’s 3.18 takedowns and takedown accuracy.

Dricus Du Plessis:
→ Plessis’s striking accuracy is .
→ Plessis lands 6.62 significant strikes per minute.
→ Plessis’s takedown accuracy is .
→ Plessis’s takedown average is 3.18 per 15 minutes.
→ Plessis’s takedown defense is .

Dricus spent on average minutes in the Octagon and Derek has an average fight time of minutes.

This looks like an fun matchup, at least on paper. UFC 285 is live in , who do you think will win, Derek or Dricus? Sound off in the comments.

Event Name
UFC 285: Jones vs. Gane
March 4, 2023
Las Vegas, Nevada
Derek Brunson vs. Dricus Du Plessis

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