Dana White’s Promise Could See Real African Debate Settling in South Africa as Dricus Du Plessis Called Out Israel Adesanya

Published 01/21/2024, 3:51 AM EST

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Dricus du Plessis defeated Sean Strickland and created history by becoming the first South African fighter to become a UFC champion. He even called out former 2-time champion Israel Adesanya. Having done that, du Plessis also opened up on the possibility of UFC hosting an event in Africa.

In a hard-fought battle, Dricus du Plessis edged past Sean Strickland via a split decision. After creating history in Toronto, ‘Stillknocks’ gave his take on what he thinks about the prospect of the UFC coming to the continent of Africa. Let’s see what he had to say.

Dricus du Plessis claims UFC should come to Africa now


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During the post-fight press conference, media personnel notified Dricus du Plessis that Dana White had given a positive answer about the UFC going to Africa for an event. When asked how he thinks about such a move, he stated that it should have happened by now. Claiming that he’ll be the champion for a long time, du Plessis mentioned how hard he had to work to get to the position he’s in now. That, he believes, warrants a UFC event in Africa.


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“It gonna be now for a long time now. But yeah, I think it’s time,” said Dricus du Plessis. “We’ve worked our a**es off to get this event to Africa and South Africa and it’s time that happens.” The South African star also opened up on why he is considering a fight against Israel Adesanya, even after calling him irrelevant a few days ago.

‘Stillknocks’ believes that fans want to see him fight Adesanya

Dricus du Plessis doesn’t think he needs to fight Israel Adesanya to prove anything. He’s already the champion. However, he believes that the fans want to see both of them go head-to-head against each other inside the Octagon. But if the UFC doesn’t want that fight to take place, he won’t have any problems with that either.


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“There’s a lot of guys whom I’m gonna be fighting. But the fans want to see Israel Adesanya vs Dricus du Plessis,” said the new middleweight champion. “If some way they [the UFC] start tracking and saying, ‘Listen, the fans really don’t want to see Adesanya vs du Plessis. We don’t do that fight’, it’s fine to me.”

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This statement has made things interesting when it comes to du Plessis’ rivalry with Israel Adesanya. They have been entangled in a real African debate, and what better way to solve that problem than fighting in Africa? We will have to wait for further developments on this front.


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Himanga Mahanta


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