Read about the feud between UFC Middleweight Champion Israel Adesanya and contender Dricus Du Plessis, their past sparring claims, and their potential heated rivalry. Find out about Du Plessis’ upcoming challenge against Robert Whittaker and the possibility of a future fight with Adesanya. Transcription credit with a link to this article is required if you use any quotes.
UFC Middleweight Champion Israel Adesanya’s Feud with Contender Dricus Du Plessis
Despite not yet being booked to fight, UFC Middleweight Champion Israel Adesanya is developing quite the feud with one of his division’s leading contenders.
Quick Rise of Dricus Du Plessis
Former KSW champion Dricus Du Plessis has enjoyed a quick rise since arriving in mixed martial arts’ leading promotion in 2020. The South African has defeated Brad Tavares, Darren Till, and Derek Brunson en route to a place in title contention.
Du Plessis’ Next Challenge
Du Plessis will need to get through former champ Robert Whittaker at UFC 290 early next month if he’s to book a date in the cage with Adesanya.
Past Sparring Claims
Adesanya and Du Plessis have differing memories of their past training sessions together. While Adesanya admitted to being bested on the ground, he claimed to have dominated Du Plessis in striking. Du Plessis accused Adesanya of inventing the striking sessions.
A Potential Heated Rivalry
The ongoing back-and-forth between Adesanya and Du Plessis sets the stage for a heated buildup should they meet in the Octagon.
Before facing Adesanya, Du Plessis must defeat Robert Whittaker, a challenge that only Adesanya has accomplished since 2014.
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