A match-up between American Chris Curtis and South Africa’s Dricus du Plessis has been scheduled for UFC 273 on 9 April 2022, sources confirmed to the MMA Fighting website.
Curtis (28-8) will look to continue his winning ways after emerging as one of 2021’s best stories with his underdog UFC run.
Despite being a heavy underdog in each bout, Curtis won both via highlight-reel knockouts.
Du Plessis is unbeaten in his UFC career
He’ll now face another highly-touted prospect in Dricus du Plessis (16-2), a 28-year-old middleweight who has also won his first two UFC bouts via knockout.
“Stillknocks” has finished all 16 of his professional victories. He holds a notable 2018 win over current KSW two-division champion Roberto Soldić.
Dricus du Plessis was due to fight Brazil’s Andre Muniz on the UFC 269 card in December 2021, but was forced to pull out with an undisclosed injury.
UFC 273 is set to be headlined by a pair of title fights featured featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski and The Korean Zombie, Chan Sung Jung, as well as the long-awaited rematch between bantamweights Aljamain Sterling and Petr Yan.
UFC 273 currently features the following bouts:
Alexander Volkanovski (c) vs. Chan Sung Jung – for the UFC featherweight championship
Aljamain Sterling (c) vs. Petr Yan (ic) – for the UFC bantamweight championship / title unification bout
Aspen Ladd vs. Irene Aldana
Mickey Gall vs. Mike Malott
Mackenzie Dern vs. Tecia Torres
Kelvin Gastelum vs. Nassourdine Imavov
Jairzinho Rozenstruik vs. Marcin Tybura
Julio Arce vs. Daniel Santos
Pat Sabatini vs. Gavin Tucker
Darian Weeks vs. Ian Garry
Mark Madsen vs. Vinc Pichel
Dricus du Plessis vs Chris Curtis