UFC 297: Dracus Du Plessis ‘The Knowledge’ Not Surprised Israel Adesanya Picked Him to Dethrone Sean Strickland
Israel Adesanya and Drakes du Plessis definitely are no Best friends, but “The Last Stylebender” chose “Stillknocks” to knock out Shawn Strickland this weekend (Sat., Jan. 20, 2024) in the pay-per-view (PPV) main event of UFC 297 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Despite his dangerous relationship with Adesanya, Du Plessis wasn’t surprised to hear that the former middleweight champion has tapped him to become the new division leader once the dust settles on the PPV broadcast on ESPN+.
“No, the guy has knowledge of fighting. So, it makes sense. I don’t really consider that a good or bad thing,” Du Plessis said during a recent media day to promote UFC 297 (video replay here), before giving Adesanya his roses.
He continued: “I am happy when I hear when someone believes that I will win, even though we are different as people, as each other.” “But, as fighters, I can only say good things about Fighter Adesanya.
“He had some terrible battles where he won the running battle and all that,” Du Plessis concluded. “But he’s had some amazing fights. Some of the best fights we’ve ever seen. And he’s put on some of the most amazing performances the UFC has ever seen. But that’s one martial artist getting to know another. And in this case, it’s great to see someone like that know that you have what it takes.” “
Adesanya and Du Plessis were linked to fighting each other in the main event of UFC 293 in September 2023 before “Stillknocks” chose to postpone his title shot to take some time off to relax following his win over Robert Whittaker at UFC 290. As a result of this “flip-flop” decision, Strickland was given the opportunity To face Adesanya and the rest, as they say, is history.
Now, Du Plessis will look to make up for his missed opportunity and capture UFC gold for the first time ever by eliminating the man who shocked the world not so long ago. With a win, Du Plessis could move one step closer to a potential showdown against Adesanya.
Sooner or later?
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