Accusing Him of Creating “Division”, Israel Adesanya Sends Out a Grim Warning to Dricus Du Plessis Amidst Their Ongoing Beef: “Be Careful What You Wish For”

Published 04/27/2023, 1:33 AM EDT

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Dricus Du Plessis has stirred up a hornet’s nest with his recent remarks on the lack of African representation in the UFC, hinting it out to the likes of Israel Adesanya and Kamaru Usman. Despite both fighters winning UFC titles, the 29-year-old South African fighter expressed his disappointment that the belts never made their way to Africa.

‘The Last Stylebender’ didn’t take kindly to the comments and responded harshly, igniting a full-blown beef between the two fighters. The tension only intensified when the reigning middleweight UFC champion took serious offense to Du Plessis’ statements.

In a recent interview, the 33-year-old fighter issued a grim warning to Du Plessis, stating that he would make him pay for his words when they face each other in the Octagon.


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Israel Adesanya issues a warning for Dricus Du Plessis

During the recent podcast episode on FREESTYLEBENDER, Israel Adesanya delved deeper into the tension between him and Dricus Du Plessis. While addressing the issue, and expressed his anger over the way the situation has shaped up.

“Like I said, he’s created division. I don’t like that. He didn’t have to do that,” said ‘The Last Stylebender’.


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Adesanya went on to say, “You don’t understand, I’m here now. I’m going to f**k this guy up. I’m going to torture this guy.” He continued, “I mean, you don’t have to create division. This is not the time for that sh*t. You could have definitely got the fight without talking all that sh*t. Well, be careful what you wish for. You got what you want. So yeah, he’s next. And I’m going to f**king beat him until he’s black.”


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It’s clear that this feud has reached a boiling point, and it remains to be seen if they’ll be able to squash the beef or if it will escalate even further.

On the other hand, the Caucasian African fighter is now going to face Robert Whittaker on July 8 at UFC 290 ESPN+ PPV at T-Mobile Arena. And perhaps after that, there could be a potential matchup between Du Plessis and Adesanya.


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Who do you think would be dominant if Israel Adesanya and Dricus Du Plessis face each other in the octagon? Let us know in the comments below.

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Mayur Soni


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Mayur Soni is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. His journey as an MMA fan started with Conor McGregor’s historic 13-second knockout of Jose Aldo in 2015, which sparked his love for the sport. Since then, he has closely followed the sport and gained an in-depth understanding of its nuances, which reflects in his insightful and analytical writing.
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Rohini Kottu