UFC 297: Strickland vs. du Plessis Staff Picks

UFC 297: Strickland vs. du Plessis Staff Picks

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  • janvier 20, 2024
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MMASucka staff picks are locked in for the night of combat ahead.

UFC 297 is set to take place later tonight, January 20th from the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, coming as the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s seventh event from the venue and providence capital since UFC 129 in April of 2011 and the first in over five years; lastly, UFC 231 in December of 2018. Early preliminaries kick off at 6:30pm ET (3:30pm PT) on ESPN+ and UFC Fight Pass followed by the regular preliminary card at 8:00pm ET (5:00pm PT) on ESPN+, ESPN, and ESPN News. Pay-per-view action takes place at 10:00pm ET (7:00pm PT) available for purchase through ESPN+.

Stay locked in here at MMASucka for results from UFC 297: Strickland vs. du Plessis.


Sean Strickland and Dricus du Plessis will put on a show for fans as the two meet in a main event fight for the UFC Middleweight Championship.

Current divisional king and former four-time defending King of the Cage (KOTC) Middleweight Champion Strickland claimed gold in September of last year with his “Performance of the Night” unanimous decision over Israel Adesanya. The win came as his 28th professional in his 20th fight with the promotion ending what was a successful year with three consecutive victories including a five-round decision over Nassourdine Imavov and a second-round knockout of Abusupiyan Magomedov. Strickland’s opponent, South Africa’s du Plessis, has quickly rose to stardom after tenures competing for and becoming champion in both his home country’s Extreme Fighting Championships (EFC) and Poland’s Konfrontacja Sztuk Walki (KSW). His six octagon bouts have seen five finishes with three consecutive stoppages over Darren Till, Derek Brunson, and, most recently, former divisional title holder Robert Whittaker.

The Women’s Bantamweight Championship awaits the victor of the co-main event between Raquel Pennington and Mayra Bueno Silva. The Ultimate Fighter 18 semifinalist and former title challenger Pennington has amassed five straight wins since June of 2020 as she makes her 17th UFC appearance. American Top Team’s Bueno Silva returns following a NSAC suspension that overturned her July of 2023 submission over Holly Holm; a win that originally saw four consecutive hand raises since returning to the division.

Welterweight veteran Neil Magny looks to avoid two straight losses as he battles 2021 Contender Series contract winner and Ontario’s own Mike Malott.

Two additional fights compose the pay-per-view ahead. Chris Curtis and Marc-Andre Barriault will clash in the middleweight division, and top-ranked contenders Arnold Allen and Movsar Evloev open the main card portion at featherweight.

Find our staff picks and predictions for UFC 297: Strickland vs. du Plessis further below.


MMASucka staff picks are composed of four of the world’s leading mixed martial arts organization: the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), the Professional Fighters League (PFL MMA), ONE Championship (ONE FC), and Dana White’s Contender Series (DWCS).

  • UFC picks will compose main card fights ranging from four to six matchups per event.
  • PFL MMA picks are to be determined as card structures will likely change following last year’s merger with Bellator MMA.
  • ONE FC and DWCS picks will feature all MMA fights from the event with a minimum three matchups.

The individual who picks the most victorious fighters by the end of 2024 will have a choice between receiving a custom-made championship belt from ProAmBelts or a detailed chain from Championship Chains. Staff picks in 2023 was won by Ben Jamieson with a record of 300-148.

See our UFC 297: Strickland vs. du Plessis picks below.


1T. Frazer Krohn: 8-11T. Julio Monteros Jr.: 8-13T. Wesley Riddle: 7-23T. Michael DeSantis: 7-23T. Nate Freeman: 7-26T. Jeremy Brand: 6-36T. Andrew Benjamin: 6-38. Casey Cooper: 4-5

*Note – not all staff pick for every event*

Arnold Allen (19-2), +154vs.Movsar Evloev (17-0), -185


Jeremy Brand: Allen via Unanimous DecisionWesley Riddle: Evloev via Split DecisionMichael DeSantis: Allen via Unanimous DecisionFrazer Krohn: Evloev via Unanimous DecisionNate Freeman: Evloev via Split DecisionLukas DeWitt: Allen via Unanimous Decision

Staff picking Allen: 3Staff picking Evloev: 3

Chris Curtis (30-10), -185vs.Marc-Andre Barriault (16-6, 1 NC), +154


Jeremy Brand: Curtis via Round 2 TKOWesley Riddle: Curtis via Split DecisionMichael DeSantis: Curtis via Round 2 TKOFrazer Krohn: Curtis via Round 3 TKONate Freeman: Curtis via Round 2 TKOLukas DeWitt: Curtis via Unanimous Decision

Staff picking Curtis: 6Staff picking Barriault: 0

Neil Magny (28-12), +295vs.Mike Malott (10-1-1), -375


Jeremy Brand: Malott via Round 2 TKOWesley Riddle: Malott via Round 1 SUBMichael DeSantis: Malott via Round 2 SUBFrazer Krohn: Malott via Round 2 TKONate Freeman: Malott via Round 2 TKOLukas DeWitt: Malott via Round 2 SUB

Staff picking Magny: 0Staff picking Malott: 6

Raquel Pennington (15-9), +136vs.Mayra Bueno Silva (10-2-1), -162


Jeremy Brand: Pennington via Unanimous DecisionWesley Riddle: Bueno Silva via Round 2 SUBMichael DeSantis: Bueno Silva via Round 2 SUBFrazer Krohn: Pennington via Unanimous DecisionNate Freeman: Bueno Silva via Unanimous DecisionLukas DeWitt: Bueno Silva via Round 3 SUB

Staff picking Pennington: 2Staff picking Bueno Silva: 4

Sean Strickland (28-5), -110vs.Dricus du Plessis (20-2), -110


Jeremy Brand: Strickland via Unanimous DecisionWesley Riddle: Strickland via Round 3 TKOMichael DeSantis: Strickland via Unanimous DecisionFrazer Krohn: du Plessis via Round 3 TKONate Freeman: Strickland via Split DecisionLukas DeWitt: Strickland via Unanimous Decision

Staff picking Strickland: 5Staff picking du Plessis: 1


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