Dricus soon on home soil

Henry

Call the brass band and vacuum the red carpet: Dricus du Plessis is back in South Africa on Thursday morning!

The mixed martial arts hero lands at OR Tambo Airport in Kempton Park at 07:30 and he undoubtedly deserves a hero’s welcome.

Du Plessis is the new UFC middleweight champion after beating Sean Strickland in five action-packed rounds in Canada.

The 30-year-old sportsman often says that South Africans’ enthusiastic support spurs him on to greater heights; it is therefore now a golden opportunity to see him live – together with the prestigious title, of course -.

Quite a few Springbok players, who last year also got a hero’s welcome at the airport after the World Cup, wished him luck in the run-up to his title fight, while Rassie Erasmus gave him a pat on the back after his triumphant march.

“Dricus, we are all terribly proud of you. Thank you for what you mean and do for South Africa. You are an absolute iron and warrior,” the World Cup-winning coach tweeted.

Du Plessis is currently undefeated in the UFC cage and in addition to his Strickland success, he has also finished with respected opponents such as Robert Whittaker and Darren Till.