Israel Adesanya on fighting Dricus Du Plessis: “he’s not calling the shots here”

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Israel Adesanya on fighting Dricus Du Plessis: “he’s not calling the shots here”
Israel Adesanya on fighting Dricus Du Plessis: “he’s not calling the shots here”

The middleweight champion Israel Adesanya will be defending his belt against Sean Strickland after the top contender Dricus Du Plessis announced his absence owing to an injury. Adesanya is ready to fight Du Plessis but wants him to know that he has the authority to grant him a title shot and not the other way around.Israel Adesanya vs Sean Strickland is scheduled to take place for the UFC 293 event on September 9 at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney.

This is nothing less than a golden opportunity for Sean Strickland to snatch everything away from Adesanya; Strickland is one victory away from becoming the new middleweight champion of the world. The winner of Paulo Costa vs Khamzat Chimaev would most likely fight for the title shot next – which is why it’s going to be difficult for Dricus Du Plessis to get an opportunity from here.

Israel Adesanya talks about fighting Du Plessis

Israel Adesnaya shared his thoughts on fighting Dricus Du Plessis and explained how he has the authority to decide who he wants to fight. “Definitely (Chimaev could be next),” Adesanya said, as quoted by

“Again, I do want to fight Dricus. But he has to know he’s not calling the shots here. That’s the thing, I am. So again, a guy who, ‘Oh, my foot is this. My foot’s that…’ But yeah, we’ll see.

We’ll see”. “You only have so much time in this game, It’s about time. And I know I’m definitely past the halfway point of my career. I’ve still got some time left but I know, I’m past the halfway point.

Adesanya further said: This is precious time. “I can’t just, me personally, give these opportunities away because when it’s all said and done, when you’re on your rocking chair in front of your property or trailer park or whatever, be looking back and be like did I take advantage of every opportunity that was given to me?”.

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