VIDEO: Tense stare and confusion between Adesanya and Dricus du Plessis make history before UFC 305; remember

Fighters face each other for the middleweight title (up to 83,9kg) at UFC 305, in Australia

The rivalry between middleweights (up to 83,9kg.) Israel adesanya e Dricus du Plessis will finally have its chapter written at UFC 305, scheduled for August 17th, at the RAC Arena, in Perth, Australia. The official announcement of the clash, made by the former champion on his social networks, ends months of speculation and puts an exclamation point on the fierce dispute between the two fighters.

The story between the two began to take shape in mid-2023, when Du Plessis, on a meteoric rise in the division, made provocative comments about Adesanya, questioning his legitimacy as an 'African champion' for living in New Zealand since childhood.

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The lit spark turned into fire in the UFC 290, when Israel, after Dricus' victory over Robert whittaker, went up to the octagon for a tense and animosity-filled confrontation.

The heated exchange of words between the two after the fight further intensified the rivalry. The South African questioned the quality, while the Nigerian, confident and defiant, countered the criticism, stating that his next rival would be easy prey and that victory would be his.

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The confrontation that would put an end to the dispute was scheduled to take place in UFC 293, but an injury took Du Plessis out of the fight, paving the way for Sean Strickland, who surprised the world by defeating Adesanya and winning the middleweight belt.

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With the title in hand, Strickland became Dricus' target, who masterfully defeated him in the UFC 297, assuming the position of division champion and rekindling the rivalry with the former champion. Now, at UFC 305, the two fighters will finally meet in the Octagon to define the true middleweight king.

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