UFC News: Dricus Du Plessis Gets Lined Up for Rematch as Paulo Costa Remains the Major Priority for Former MW Champ- “List of People”

Published 01/23/2024, 3:05 PM EST

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 Dricus Du Plessis is now the champion of the middleweight division. This only means that his previous matches and opponents are going to come at him with a ferocity not seen before. This includes a former middleweight champion who desperately wants a rematch.

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Obviously, Du Plessis has freshly been crowned the champion. If a big rematch does go down, it might just be for the title. However, there is yet another fighter on the former champ’s list that he would like to take on first and it’s none other than Paulo Costa. Here’s what he said in a recent confession.

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Who is on the list of Robert Whittaker and his rematches?

Robert Whittaker was meant to take on Paulo Costa at UFC 284. However, the match was canceled due to a reported failed contract negotiation on Costa’s end. The fighter had been denying signing anything at all during the lead-up to the cancellation.

Now, things are finally falling together as the two decide to go and lock horns at UFC 298. The next big pay-per-view will see Whittaker finally take on Costa who was last seen when he pulled out of his bout against Khamzat Chimaev at UFC 294.

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Costa suffered a health complication and an infection that put him in the hospital for good. And so his fight with ‘Borz’ was called off. Meanwhile, Whittaker is still not done with ‘Stillknocks’ after his previous loss. The South African phenom knocked Whittaker out in the second round of his bout.

“I want that rematch,” said Whittaker on a brand new episode of the MMArcade Podcast. “I want to rematch him (Du Plessis) obviously that’s not what I’m thinking about at the moment. I want to fight Costa but Dricus is on a list of people I want to rematch.”

The aftermath of the knockout

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Once Dricus Du Plessis had secured his win over Whittaker, he had yet another foe to face. And it was none other than former champion Israel Adesanya. ‘Izzy’ walked up to Du Plessis and went all up in his face. He snatched the mic away from Du Plessis when he tried to answer Joe Rogan’s question in the post-fight interview.

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It was an attempt to humiliate the fighter. And perhaps, Adesanya had succeeded. Now, ‘Stillknocks’ is the new champion and he wants to beat the ‘Last Stylebender’ at his own game. He was quick to call Adesanya out after winning the title and urged him to get over his breakfast.

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Do you think the two will exchange blows? Or will Robert Whittaker get the first shot?

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Prit Chauhan

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I'm Prit Chauhan, and I'm a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. I've been in the writing business for three years, covering areas like mass media marketing, and even tried my hand at fiction. My experience includes research work at the University of California, Berkeley, which helps me spin fact-based stories about the world of Mixed Martial Arts effortlessly.
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