UFC 297 marks the UFC’s return to Toronto, ON, Canada for the first time since 2018, and the promotion has brought two title fights and one of its most controversial stars to the Great White North.
In the main event of Saturday’s showdown at the ScotiaBank Arena/ACC, Sean Strickland, who set off a firestorm of controversy at Wednesday’s media day, faces Dricus Du Plessis, a surging South African and former KSW champ.
Strickland’s knack for saying the wrong thing at the wrong time was on full display when he lambasted a reporter for daring to question him on past homophobic remarks, all while the middleweight champ had a handle present to ensure he didn’t let slip any homophobic slurs. What amounted to a PR nightmare followed with the CBC, usually good for a fluffy piece on local Canadian fighters competing, instead trashing the PPV card’s quality and questioning Dana White’s claims of a sellout.
The quality of the actual fights should not be affected by this. Strickland has a grudge against Du Plessis. The UFC quickly capitalized on footage…