Dricus Du Plessis questions the delay in fighting Israel Adesanya and assesses next steps as champion

Middleweight champion, Du Plessis aims for duels with Adesanya and Chimaev before seeking the light heavyweight belt

Dricus du Plessis in victory at UFC 297. Photo: Reproduction/Instagram/@ufceurope

Dricus du Plessis in victory in UFC 297. Photo: Reproduction/Instagram/@ufceurope

About four months after hitting Sean Strickland No. UFC 297, in January, and become middleweight champion (up to 83,9 kg), Dricus Du Plessis There is still no confirmed date or opponent for his first defense, even though all signs point to a duel against the former champion Israel adesanya at UFC 305, scheduled for August 18th in Australia, but with no fight officially confirmed yet.

In a recent edition of the podcast 'The Sias du Plessis show', the middleweight champion admitted that he doesn't understand why the fight with Adesanya is taking so long to be made official.

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“I don't understand why we're not fighting. I understand why we're not going to South Africa right now, even though it would be great, but Adesanya doesn't have many years left in the sport. I'm fighting for pay-per-view points. I want to make the fights that people want to see. That's my style. The fight with Israel adesanya It's by far the one people want to see the most. Fighting him will pave my legacy. It will be another achievement. Hit a guy like Robert whittaker, become a world champion and then beat one of the biggest like Israel adesanya. How do you not stay motivated for that,” she questioned.

Following the recent trend, Du Plessis stated that he intends to test himself at light heavyweight and become a double champion in the future, but he has two targets in his category.

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“Becoming double champion is 100% something I want, but I don't think it's the time. I believe that beating Adesanya and beating Khamzat (Chimaev), if he beats Whittaker, will guarantee me a chance to fight for the light heavyweight belt”, he concluded.

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