Watch the exhilarating highlights of the intense clash between Dricus Du Plessis and Robert Whittaker in the main card of UFC 290. Experience the thrilling moments of their bout through the full fight video highlights, provided by the UFC and various outlets.
UFC 290: Volkanovski vs. Rodriguez took place on July 8 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The former UFC middleweight champion, Robert Whittaker (24-7), faced off against Dricus Du Plessis (20-2) in a highly anticipated No. 1 contender’s bout, featured on the main card. The fight was broadcasted live on ESPN+ pay-per-view.
Relive the action-packed encounter below.
For a more detailed analysis of the Whittaker vs. Du Plessis match, don’t miss the live blog by MMA Hook’s Jed Meshew.
Round 1: Whittaker adopts an orthodox stance while DDP takes a southpaw position. Whittaker showcases his karate-inspired stance, displaying agility and bouncing. Early on, both fighters exchange punches, but none find their mark.
Both competitors take turns leading and moving around the Octagon. There’s a flurry of feints and attentive looks from both sides. Whittaker lands a low kick, maintaining a long-range and preventing DDP from closing in.
Whittaker connects with a jab followed by a right hand. DDP covers up, exhibiting signs of hesitation. Whittaker demonstrates his ability to strike from different angles, using a well-executed jab to tag DDP. The jab proves effective.
Through the first two minutes, DDP struggles to find his range. Whittaker capitalizes on the moments of vulnerability, landing single shots. As DDP attempts a kick, Whittaker executes a double-leg takedown, but DDP swiftly attempts a guillotine. Whittaker manages to evade it by stepping over. DDP finds himself against the fence but successfully stands up, returning to open space.
Whittaker clearly possesses a speed advantage. He connects with a powerful right hand, countering DDP’s failed right hook. DDP finds it challenging to press Whittaker and is repeatedly tagged by jabs, kicks, and hooks.
Finally, DDP finds an opening and lands a significant right hand followed by a left, but Whittaker absorbs the blows well. DDP continues his forward assault, landing a knee strike up the middle, a low kick, a right hand, and a body kick. He’s starting to gain momentum. A calf kick adds to DDP’s adjustments.
Whittaker initiates a clinch, but DDP counters with a trip, successfully taking Whittaker down. Whittaker attempts to maneuver from the bottom, but DDP lands a powerful elbow, resulting in a cut. Whittaker manages to secure guard, but DDP remains on top, transitioning to side control. DDP attempts a d’arce choke. Whittaker covers up while DDP delivers a devastating elbow. Whittaker is bleeding as DDP concludes the round with impactful strikes. It’s an impressive turnaround!
According to MMA Hook’s scoring, the round ends with a 10-9 advantage for DDP.
Round 2: DDP’s physicality, as he discussed, becomes evident. Whittaker struggles to mount an effective offense from his back. Will DDP secure another takedown and potentially win the fight?
DDP appears to be in great shape, displaying no signs of heavy breathing. He lands a low kick, while Whittaker attempts a combination involving his right hand and head kick, but it’s effectively blocked.
DDP lands a left hook that catches Whittaker’s attention. Whittaker responds with a right hand. In the early stages of this round, Whittaker increases his output, seeking redemption. DDP connects with a good jab and a left hand, causing Whittaker to back up. It’s worth noting that DDP’s defense has notably improved in this fight. Whittaker misses a high kick, and DDP retaliates with a body kick.
Whittaker finds success with a left hook as DDP steps in, followed by a low kick. Whittaker employs effective feints to create openings whenever DDP approaches. Suddenly, a powerful right hand rocks Whittaker!
He falls to the mat, displaying vulnerability. He manages to get back up but remains in trouble. DDP capitalizes on the situation, relentlessly attacking Whittaker, who covers up against the cage. The fight is swiftly concluded!
Dricus Du Plessis secures victory over Robert Whittaker via TKO (punches) at 2:23 of Round 2.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about UFC 290
Q: Where did the fight between Dricus Du Plessis and Robert Whittaker take place?
A: The fight between Dricus Du Plessis and Robert Whittaker took place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, as part of UFC 290.
Q: What was the result of the fight?
A: Dricus Du Plessis emerged victorious in the fight, defeating Robert Whittaker by TKO (punches) at 2:23 of Round 2.
Q: Was the fight a part of the main card?
A: Yes, the fight between Dricus Du Plessis and Robert Whittaker was featured on the main card of UFC 290.
Q: Where can I watch the full fight video highlights?
A: The full fight video highlights of Dricus Du Plessis vs. Robert Whittaker can be watched through various outlets, including the official UFC channels.
Q: How can I access more information about the fight?
A: For a more detailed analysis and live updates on the Whittaker vs. Du Plessis match, you can check out the live blog by MMA Hook’s Jed Meshew.