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UFC: Into the Octagon

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21 January
๐—ง๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐˜€๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น๐˜† ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐Ÿญ9 ๐—™๐—ฒ๐—ฏ๐—ฟ๐˜‚๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฏ. In the shadows of the arena a hulking figure stands, draped in a South African flag. After saying a prayer, his face is smeared in Vaseline, and he steps into an Octagon fenced by chain-link. This is the famed Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), probably the globeโ€™s most brutal sport, and South African Dricus โ€˜Stillknocksโ€™ du Plessis one of its best exponents. Itโ€™s taken Dricus months of training to get here, but these days heโ€™s joined at the UFCโ€™s regular fight nights by his protรฉgรฉ, Cameron Saaiman. At 22, his young understudy has already put on some dominant performances in the Octagon and is being billed as the sportโ€™s future. As he and Dricus prepare for UFC 285, Carte Blanche is invited into their secretive fight camp where their physical and mental preparation pushes them to their limits. Find more exclusive content on Carte Blanche: The Podcast: https://linktr.ee/carteblanchetv
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