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“I Am the Only African Fighter”: After Israel Adesanya’s Grim Warning, Dricus Du Plessis Sends Out Yet Another Reminder to the UFC Champ

Published 04/29/2023, 3:51 AM EDT

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Dricus Du Plessis created a huge amount of confusion when he made remarks on African representation in the UFC. According to him, the three African kings, Israel Adesanya, Kamaru Usman, and Francis Ngannou, are not true Africans as they reside elsewhere. Moreover, this never let the belt come to Africa. According to ‘Stillknocks,’ he is the more authentic African as he lives in Africa and has never migrated. On the other hand, Usman, Adesanya, and Ngannou migrated to the U.S., New Zealand, and France. Du Plessis’ comment infuriated the current middleweight champion, Israel Adesanya. He expressed his anger by calling him out after the UFC 287 bout.

‘Stillknocks’ currently stands at a great point in his fighting career, with a record of nineteen wins and two losses. After coming across Du Plessis’ words, ‘The Last Stylebender’ got highly offended and gave a grim warning to the surging middleweight. Adesanya stated that he would make him pay for his words inside the octagon. However, Du Plessis still holds on to his statements strongly.

Dricus Du Plessis did not move an inch

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Recently, Du Plessis was talking to the eNCA. The reporter inquired about the verbal war between Du Plessis and Adesanya and what his take on African heritage is now. As an answer to the question, he said,There’s nothing really to me to get confused about. It’s just simple things. I am the only African fighter that’s residing in Africa, training in Africa and fighting out of Africa, so I don’t know how people mistake that in any way.” 

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He further detailed how they all are from Africa but it’s only him who stays in Africa, He added, “You know we are all from Africa that is a fact but at the end of the day, there’s only one of us who resides in Africa, who trains in Africa and fights out of Africa.

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The beef between ‘Stillknocks’ and ‘The Last Stylebender’

UFC President Dana White has announced that Du Plessis, who currently stands on a seven-fight winning streak, will face former middleweight champion Robert Whittaker at UFC 290. The winner of the two will lock horns against the current middleweight champion, Israel Adesanya. Du Plessis has already established a beef with Adesanya after his statements on Adesanya’s African heritage.

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In a recent podcast episode of FREESTYLEBENDER, Adesanya said, “Like I said, he’s created division. I don’t like that. He didn’t have to do that.‘The Last Stylebender’ is waiting to take his revenge in the octagon against ‘Stillknocks’ for creating division and for questioning Adesanya’s African heritage.

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Priyanka is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. Her passion for the UFC is evident in her writing, and she has been a devoted fan of the sport for many years. Priyanka is particularly fascinated by the sportsmanship displayed by fighters, and she is captivated by their ability to calculate each move when an opponent is all set to attack.
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