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UFC 300: Dricus Du Plessis Down to Fighting Israel Adesanya; Opens Up on Rejecting Dana White’s Offer

Published 03/04/2024, 12:36 AM EST

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Dricus Du Plessis would still like to fight up against Israel Adesanya. However, is he still willing to fight at UFC 300 even when the UFC 300 main event has been decided? After much uproar, UFC CEO Dana White finally revealed the main event to be a light heavyweight bout between Alex Pereira and Jamahal Hill.

However, when Du Plessis won his middleweight title against Sean Strickland, he was confident about a fight at UFC 300, a pay-per-view that’s touted to be one of the promotion’s best to date. However, months later, perhaps the injuries have changed Du Plessis’ mind.

Dricus Du Plessis wants to fight ‘Izzy’ but not in April

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Israel Adesanya has been out of action for a little while now. Ever since he lost his title to Sean Strickland, ‘The Stylebender’ has been taking it slow and steady away from the cage. However, it wasn’t much of a surprise when Dricus Du Plessis called him out of the cage.

Has Adesanya promised a return against Du Plessis? No, not really. Du Plessis on the other hand told Jacaranda FM that he’d still enjoy a battle against the former champion. “I would like to fight Israel Adesanya next,” he said. “Preferably on home soil… I think that’s probably the next fight.”

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‘Stillknocks’ is a much-celebrated fighter for being the first South African champion of the UFC. Ever since then, he’s been pushing for a big event in Africa. He’d like to go face-to-face against Adesanya when the promotion goes to Africa instead of doing it at White’s ambitious UFC 300 event.

“I mean, UFC  300 is just a number, it’s not as massive as UFC Africa.” He said in the same conversation. Apart from ‘Izzy’, Du Plessis is also quite alright with fighting Sean Strickland for a second time if that’s the fight that fans desire.

‘Stillknocks’ could go for ‘Tarzan’ once again

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Sean Strickland lost his title to Dricus Du Plessis via a split decision. The fight was a close one with blows exchanged left, right, and center. Now, Du Plessis is back on track and isn’t afraid of fighting Strickland again. In fact, he has an interesting take.

The reigning champion believes that the second time he fights ‘Tarzan’ will be even easier than the first time around. Regardless, the first time around left Du Plessis bruised and cut all over his face. Is that something he’d like to go through against?

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Perhaps those sorts of fights are the best ones and even a battle against Israel Adesanya could result in the same. Will that fight ever happen? If it does, when? UFC 300 is no longer a potential candidate. So what are your predictions?

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Prit Chauhan

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Prit Chauhan is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. His portfolio shows him as the go-to event coverage writer at ES and his work on UFC 297 is proof of the same. As an experienced writer and a longtime MMA fan, Prit’s strong suit lies in telling the relatively unknown and more personal stories of fights and fighters.
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