MMA News Roundup – Israel Adesanya to Feature on Conor McGregor Card; Dwayne Johnson’s Reason to Join TKO Group Holdings Revealed; Dricus Du Plessis Gets a Hero’s Welcome in South Africa After UFC 297

Published 01/25/2024, 4:59 AM EST

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We will start with Israel Adesanya, who could feature on Conor McGregor‘s card on his return. Then we will shift our focus to the revelation of the reason behind Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson‘s move to become a member of the board of directors of TKO. Finally, we will sum up the news compilation with Dricus du Plessis getting a grand welcome back home in South Africa.

Israel Adesanya and Conor McGregor to fight on the same card?

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There have been rumors speculating that Israel Adesanya could make his return to the Octagon at UFC 300 against Dricus du Plessis. However, his teammate and reigning featherweight champion believes that ‘Izzy’ could return in another event, especially on the card that is rumored to have Conor McGregor making his return as well.

“I think it’s gonna have to be Izzy and Dricus [fight],” said Alexander Volkanovski in a recent YouTube video. He mentioned that Dricus du Plessis may not be ready by UFC 300. Hence, International Fight Week could also serve as the stage for ‘The Last Stylebender’ taking on ‘Stillknocks’.

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“UFC 300 or some card soon… Let’s see if Dricus could do a quick turnaround. If not, International Fight Week, I think Conor’s on that. So we’ll see what’s next,” Volkanovski added. We will have to wait and see how things pan out for the Israel Adesanya in the months to come.

The real reason behind Dwayne Johnson’s TKO move

Hollywood A-lister and former WWE champion Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’ recently made waves in the media after announcing himself joining the TKO family. Having earned a position amongst the board of directors, ‘The Rock’ is believed to gain a lot more from the new role in Ari Emanuel‘s company, even though the company can gain a lot from his popularity.

“I’m part of the real fighting world too, you know, this, and I think it helps him. It helps his brand. It’s going to help his brand even more, you know, being part of both of those. So, I think it’s a good thing for both him, and I think it’s a good thing for TKO,” said veteran MMA referee John McCarthy during a recent episode of his podcast.

The biggest benefit that Johnson gained was the ownership of his WWE moniker, ‘The Rock’. Furthermore, his insertion into the TKO family has fueled rumors of the highly anticipated match between him and ‘The Tribal Chief’ Roman Reigns happening soon.

Dricus du Plessis gets a gracious welcome in South Africa

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Dricus du Plessis created history after defeating Sean Strickland at UFC 297. The South African sensation became the first fighter from his country to win a UFC championship, which earned him a lot of love back home. Du Plessis did not realize that he had a lot of admirers waiting for him when he touched down at OR Tambo International Airport.

 

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Fans were reportedly waiting for hours since the morning. They were among the first South Africans to see Dricus du Plessis holding the middleweight championship in person. There were adults, school children, and many others who greeted ‘Stillknocks’ back home with a hero’s welcome. It was certainly a moment for du Plessis to treasure as he etched his name in the history books of the UFC.

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