Israel Adesanya Vs. Dricus Du Plessis At UFC 300 Seeming Unlikely

It is unlikely that Israel Adesanya will be able to return to active competition in time to face newly crowned middleweight champion Dricus Du Plessis at UFC 300.

Following a 5-round bloody war versus Sean Strickland this past Saturday at UFC 297, Du Plessis secured the split decision victory in the evening’s main event, and in turn, earned the middleweight UFC title.

Immediately following the event, speculation began surrounding an all African headlining grudge match at UFC 300 between Du Plessis and former 185-pound king Israel Adesanya. Furthermore, the speculation was exacerbated by Du Plessis calling out Adesanya during his post-fight interview.

Despite the growing intrigue for this match, it unfortunately seems this will not be possible given the fact that he recently disclosed that he is rehabbing an injury. Additionally, MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani shared his knowledge on the subject.

“I’ve inquired multiple times about Izzy leading up to all this,” MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani reported during The Ringer UFC 297 post-fight show. “And I’m repeatedly told, ‘Not ready to go at UFC 300’ … Maybe the UFC now says, ‘All right, how do we make this right, how do we get you to come fight at UFC 300?’ I don’t know.”


The grudge between Adesanya and Du Plessis has been brewing for quite some time now, and if Adesanya hadn’t lost the title to Strickland back in September, the bout would have likely already happened.

Despite the bad blood between the pair, Adesanya took the time to reach out to Du Plessis on social media to congratulate the new 185-pound titleholder on his monumental win.


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