Sport, Arts and Culture Minister Zizi Kodwa said mixed martial artist Dricus du Plessis had flown the South African flag high when he made history in the United Fighting Championship on Sunday.
SPORT, Arts and Culture Minister Zizi Kodwa congratulated mixed martial artist, Dricus du Plessis for winning the United Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight title.
Dricus du Plessis made history on Sunday when he dethroned the former champion, the United States’ Sean Strickland, to become the new UFC middleweight champion and the first South African UFC champion in a gruelling five-round fight at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Canada.
Kodwa said Du Plessis had flown the South African flag high with his performances and in making history: “I congratulate him on the remarkable achievement of being the first South African to be crowned UFC champion.”
The minister said that it was particularly special to see South Africans unite in their diversity to support Du Plessis.
“This once again shows the power of South Africans when uniting and supporting their own. Let us carry this spirit, as South Africans continue to make history on global platforms in sport, arts and culture,” said Kodwa.
In a post shared on his Twitter page, Du Plessis said: “History has been made! Thank you to everyone who believed in me and the incredible support. Those who didn’t … well that makes you look like a dumbass!”
The Springboks’ director of rugby, Rassie Erasmus, tweeted that everyone was very proud of Du Plessis and thanked him for what he meant to South Africa and for what he had done.
“You fight (sic) a lonely sport without a lot of support but you did it! Enjoy the celebrations you deserve it. Lekka!,” Erasmus said.