The middleweight stars are set to meet in the upcoming Jan. 20 main event, with Strickland defending his UFC title against Du Plessis, but they came face-to-face at UFC 296 in Las Vegas on Saturday and apparently they decided to throw down a month early.
Strickland and Du Plessis were shown seated near each other on the ESPN+ pay-per-view broadcast and moments after the camera cut away from the fighters, Strickland lunged at Du Plessis.
See video from the incident below.
Watch more footage of the encounter from T-Mobile Arena below.
In the video above, Strickland can be seen asking people in the crowd to move out of the way so that he can have a clear shot at Du Plessis. He then launches himself at Du Plessis and starts throwing punches before getting lost in a sea of bodies working to keep the fighters apart.
The brief scrap was also mentioned by the UFC 296 commentary team and Strickland was reportedly ejected from the arena by security.
MMA Fighting reached out to Strickland’s representation for comment, but a response is yet to be provided.