Cape Town - EFC middleweight king Dricus du Plessis will next face former
champion Garreth McLellan or Brendan Lesar, if matchmaker Graeme Cartmell gets
Cartmell wants Du Plessis
(12-2) to headline a card in Pretoria against the winner of an interim title
bout between TF2
coaches McLellan (13-6) and Lesar (2-0) on May 4.
Du Plessis has a score to settle with McLellan, having suffered
the first loss of his career to the ex-UFC fighter in August 2014 via
Du Plessis gains KSW recognition
“You’ve got ‘Soldierboy’ (McLellan) and Brendan Lesar, both of
those guys are on Dricus’s radar,” Cartmell told fans during a Q&A session
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“That kid just wants to get his hands on whoever is challenging
him for the middleweight title. As you know he’s relinquished his welterweight
belt, which makes Gunther Kalunda the undisputed welterweight champion. So
Dricus is solely focusing on middleweight.
“He was offered a fight at KSW, he wasn’t ... there was a
situation with the weight. He doesn’t want to make welterweight anymore. It’s
not great for his body, so he is going to continue to be a middleweight. We’re
happy with that, he’s happy with that, and I’m really hoping that the winner of
Brendan and Garreth ends up being a headliner with Dricus du Plessis in
Pretoria - so that’s the plan.”
Du Plessis previously fought
on home soil when he submitted England’s Yannick Bahati (8-4) in August 2017 to
become the organisation’s first champ-champ, soon to be emulated by Amanda Lino
(4-1) and UFC
recruit Dalcha Lungiambula (9-1).
‘Stillknocks’ later won and lost the KSW (Polish-based
promotion) welterweight strap in back-to-back bouts with hard-hitting Croatian
Roberto Soldic (15-3).
The 25-year-old also recently relinquished
his EFC welterweight crown due to weight-cut issues, which
saw him withdraw from his KSW contest with Borys Mankowski (19-7-1) on March