Dricus Du Plessis open to fighting Israel Adesanya after facing Sean Strickland

Dricus Du Plessis shares his thoughts on fighting Israel Adesanya.

by Aryan Lakhani
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Dricus Du Plessis open to fighting Israel Adesanya after facing Sean Strickland
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Dricus Du Plessis is on a terrific winning streak; his persistent effort has allowed him to claim the opportunity of getting a title shot. Du Plessis will face the current UFC middleweight champion, Sean Strickland on 20th January 2024.

Du Plessis was initially supposed to fight Israel Adesanya, but he was forced to pull out owing to an injury. Du Plessis recently revealed that he would be open to fighting Israel Adesanya if he becomes the new champion; Du Plessis believes he can do a better job than Alex Pereira in knocking out Israel Adesanya.

Dricus Du Plessis on fighting Israel Adesanya

Recently on Submission Radio, Dricus Du Plessis shared his thoughts on fighting Israel Adesanya. “That all depends how the division opens up,” Du Plessis said, as quoted by mmafighting.com.

“I would still love to fight Israel Adesanya. 100 percent it would be my first choice as a defense. It would be great but I’m assuming Khamzat [Chimaev] is the guy they’re gonna try and push. So that would be cool [too].

I do want to defend my belt before — obviously, it’s all gonna come down to who I beat and how good I make it look. If I go out there and I absolutely destroy Khamzat, what’s there really left? If I go out there and I beat Israel Adesanya after becoming champion, what is there really — it’s wiped out the whole division.

The two guys who wiped out the division were Robert Whittaker and Israel Adesanya, and beating those two guys.I know I’m stronger physically and using that to my advantage, making sure I hit harder but making sure that every shot I throw lands...

I need one shot. I need to land one shot. If [Alex] Pereira can knock him out, I can knock him out even better”.

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