Dricus du Plessis Sends a Message to Israel Adesanya
South African MMA sensation Dricus du Plessis has a strong warning for Israel Adesanya following the Nigerian-born fighter’s recent announcement of an extended break from the sport.
Adesanya hinted that he might stay out of action until as late as 2027, and du Plessis believes this decision could have serious consequences.
Concerns Over Adesanya’s Prolonged Absence
While acknowledging Adesanya’s active and formidable presence as a champion, du Plessis expresses concern about the potential risks if Adesanya takes a four-year hiatus from the cage.
He emphasizes that the Nigerian fighter deserves a break but suggests that coming back after such an extended period might lead to adverse outcomes.
Acknowledging Adesanya’s Legacy
Despite personal differences and a lack of affection for Adesanya, du Plessis acknowledges the former champion’s legacy in the Middleweight division.
He emphasizes that Adesanya has earned the right to take some time off, but cautions against a prolonged absence, suggesting that a year off might be more suitable.
Respect for Adesanya as a Martial Artist
Du Plessis makes it clear that, despite any personal animosity, he respects Adesanya as a martial artist. He highlights Adesanya’s contribution to the sport and urges him to maintain strength outside the ring during his break.
Dricus du Plessis’ Ongoing Pursuit of the UFC Middleweight Title
While du Plessis’ rivalry with Adesanya played a role in propelling him into the UFC middleweight title picture, his pursuit of the belt continues.
Despite Adesanya’s loss of the title, du Plessis is set to face champion Sean Strickland at UFC 287 in Toronto on January 20, 2024, in a highly anticipated middleweight championship bout.
A Showdown in Toronto: Du Plessis vs. Strickland
The South African fighter’s quest for the UFC middleweight title reaches a pivotal moment as he prepares to face champion Sean Strickland in what promises to be an intense and crucial matchup at UFC 287 in Toronto.