Dricus Du Plessis Questions Reasoning For Delay On Booking Of Contest With Israel Adesanya

A match between former champion Israel Adesanya and current titleholder Dricus Du Plessis has been highly anticipated for some time, and it seems one side is confused on what the hold up is.

It has been established that the plan is for Du Plessis is to defend his middleweight championship belt at UFC 305 in Perth, Australia, and the assumption is that he will face Adesanya, his fellow countryman.

But, the fight has not been confirmed by the UFC brass, and it seems the champion is concerned about the lack of official announcement.

“I’ve agreed to everything, I’m ready, I want to do it. That’s the fight I want. Let’s just announce this thing. I don’t know what’s the hold up. I want it to be announced, I want it to be, that’s it. I don’t know from his side, I don’t know what the story is, I don’t know what the holdup is. Maybe the UFC is waiting for something, I’m not sure. At the end of the day, I’ve agreed to it. If they had to phone me today and say we’re doing the Sean Strickland second fight, I’ll be like ‘great, let’s do it.’ If they say no, we’re going to wait and do the Khamzat fight, great.”

‘’Should he beat Whittaker, I would love to fight Khamzat. In my opinion, should Whittaker beat Khamzat, I don’t think it warrants him a title shot. Honestly would love to see him and Strickland fight it out for No. 1 contender fight. I was willing to fight Strickland, Khamzat, Adesanya. I’m champion, I have to fight who they give me. I want to fight the best guy. Strickland fans were like, ‘fight him again.’ I said ‘guys, I will fight him again.’ I don’t make that decision.”

(h/t BJPenn.com)

If the match goes ahead with Adesanya, it will be the first fight for the former champion since losing his title to Sean Strickland back in September 2023.

Meanwhile, Du Plessis is 7-0 with the UFC, and is most recently coming off his championship title win over the aforementioned Strickland.



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