“I Might Be Out of Order” – Israel Adesanya Admits Not Following the ‘Game’ After MW Title Loss as UFC Return Remains Unofficial

Published 01/25/2024, 1:17 PM EST

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Israel Adesanya is on hiatus from fighting. The former middleweight champion was stunned by Sean Strickland in their UFC 293 clash last year, losing his title to ‘Tarzan’ in perhaps the biggest upset in UFC history. This loss affected him so much that the Kiwi then decided to take a break from fighting for the near future.

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And although he had earlier joked about returning in 2027, he clarified in a recent interview that “you will see me soon”. And following Dricus Du Plessis‘ call-out of the Yoruba after defeating Strickland at UFC 297, This, along with the recent training videos he has been posting.

Israel Adesanya back in training

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Israel Adesanya is back in the gym, working out and training his craft, a video of which he posted on his official YouTube channel. In it, the Kiwi-Nigerian claimed that even when he was out, he was in pretty great shape and was working patiently not worrying about what was going around outside.

“I might be out of order, but I’ll still put you nigg** in order. I’m a patient human being, I don’t worry about what’s happening right now. I don’t worry about what’s happening tomorrow. It’s my own business. I don’t follow the game but I know you follow me,” he said.

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Sean Strickland faced Dricus Du Plessis for his first title defense at UFC 297 on Sunday. After five rounds of back and forth, the South African won a close split-decision, which many feel could just as easily have gone to ‘Tarzan’.

Du Plessis wasted no time in calling-out Israel Adesanya, with whom he has been involved in a feud.  In fact, ‘DDP’ was offered a title shot against Adesanya for UFC 293, which the south African turned down due to an injury he was dealing with. And it seems he wants to settle the unfinished business between them and ‘Izzy’ has seemingly accepted the challenge.

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‘Izzy’ promises to make history with Du Plessis

Dricus Du Plessis and Israel Adesanya got into a heated back-and-forth last year; after the South African made comments that ‘Izzy’ saw as questioning his African heritage. This culminated in their contentious, expletive-ridden face-off at UFC 291. However, ‘DDP’ passed up on an Adesanya fight at UFC 293, and was replaced by Sean Strickland, instead. And after Du Plessis’ call-out, ‘Izzy’ has responded.

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Adesanya posted a video from 2016, of him and Du Plessis training at the same gym, during which they bumped into each other. The 34-year-old declared that their paths would cross again and promised they will “Write History”. “This arc in my story was written long ago. Our paths are destined to cross again. Stay tuned for the next episode, thanks for watching. We Write History ✨✍🏾,” ‘Izzy’ wrote. This, of course, has fueled speculations around a possible Du Plessis vs. Adesanya clash for UFC 300. What do you think about Adesanya’s post?

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Kanishk Thakur

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