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Sports Minister Zizi Kodwa has congratulated Dricus du Plessis for becoming South Africa’s inaugural UFC champion. Du Plessis defeated American Sean Strickland on Sunday to claim the UFC Middleweight crown.
In a statement, Kodwa hailed the breakthrough triumph. “Dricus du Plessis has flown the South African flag high. I congratulate him on the remarkable achievement of being the first South African UFC champion,” he said.
Kodwa added that South Africans united across divides to support their history-making hero. Thousands took to social media to congratulate the champ, including AB de Villiers and Rassie Erasmus.
Du Plessis’ championship cements his nation’s place on the global MMA stage. His dominant victory represents a monumental first for South Africa.
After realizing the long-awaited dream of a local UFC belt, fans are celebrating Du Plessis’ unprecedented accomplishment. His title ushers in an exciting new era for SA martial arts.