Israel Adesanya Fires Back at Dricus Du Plessis’ Claims, UFC 300 Bout in Question

Israel Adesanya confronts Dricus Du Plessis

Israel Adesanya Addresses Dricus Du Plessis’ Allegations; Regrets Missing Opportunity for UFC 300 Showdown with African Rival

In a recent turn of events, Dricus Du Plessis, fresh off his victory against Sean Strickland at UFC 297, initially declared his readiness to compete at UFC 300. However, he later shifted gears, expressing his desire to focus on UFC Africa and specifically mentioned his interest in facing off against Israel Adesanya.

Adesanya, in response to Du Plessis’ accusations of declining a UFC title fight in Africa, didn’t hold back. The longstanding rivalry between the two fighters, brewing since their confrontation at UFC 290, escalated further. Adesanya, recalling their supposed clash at UFC 300, expressed disappointment at Du Plessis’ reluctance to step into the ring. He made it clear that he was prepared for the bout but felt let down by Du Plessis’ decision.

The feud traces back to when Adesanya held the middleweight championship, and Du Plessis aimed to become the next African champion, igniting their rivalry. Despite the anticipation for their showdown at UFC 300, Du Plessis hesitated, leading to Adesanya’s frustration, evident in his recent remarks.

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In a video alongside Dan Hooker, Adesanya didn’t mince words, calling out Du Plessis for his alleged reluctance to fight on home soil. He dismissed Du Plessis’ claims, emphasizing that it was Du Plessis who initially declined the opportunity to face him during Adesanya’s title shot against Robert Whittaker at UFC 293.

Du Plessis, however, remains undeterred, publicly challenging Adesanya to a bout, suggesting a potential showdown in Australia. Despite Adesanya’s current focus on training outside the octagon, the anticipation for their long-awaited matchup continues to build.

Speculation is rife that their clash could potentially take place at UFC 305, offering fans the highly anticipated battle they’ve been eagerly awaiting.

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