According To Israel Adesanya, Dricus Du Plessis Turned Down Their Potential UFC 300 Matchup

Israel Adesanya recently revealed that the offer was on the table for him to face current middleweight titleholder Dricus Du Plessis in the main event at UFC 300.

Many bouts were rumored to fill the headlining slot at the monumental event set for April 13th, but many had thought the idea of this bout was farfetched considering the quick turnaround time that would be required for Du Plessis. The South African squared off with Sean Strickland and won the 185-pound championship title over the course of five rounds at UFC 297, just three months prior to when UFC 300 is set to occur.

On Tuesday, Adesanya appeared on the ‘This Past Weekend’ podcast with comedian and UFC fanatic Theo Von, where he discussed why the bout with Du Plessis was unable to come to fruition.

“There’s some things that were meant to happen,” Adesanya said on Theo Von’s podcast. “They summoned me, I’m sure this is out there now … but they summoned me for [UFC] 300 and I was like ‘yep, let’s roll.’ But their side didn’t want it. They didn’t want it.

“They just fought [Sean] Strickland so maybe he had a little bit of niggly injuries and stuff but we’ve all got niggles and what not.”

(h/t MMAFighting)

Adesanya last fought in September, when his title reign was spoiled by the massive underdog in Sean Strickland. But, it is worth noting that the only reason Strickland received a shot at the title is because Du Plessis was dealing with a foot injury following his July 2023 bout versus Robert Whittaker, and was unable to accept the match.

The pair have been hoping to fight for quite some time now, but unfortunately the stars have just not aligned for this highly anticipated bout.

While this fight will not be happening at UFC 300 in April, both Du Plessis and Adesanya have expressed that they would be open to headlining an event together when the organization travels to their home continent of Africa.

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