The media, at times, can exaggerate or display a piece of information in puzzling ways, pushing the content out of the context. Something similar happened to Dana White recently as he shared his opinion on Israel Adesanya getting a rematch, not 'confirming' a rematch.
Perhaps people digested his statement the wrong way, due to which Dana White had to confirm that an immediate rematch is not what's next; anything could happen. Some MMA fans and experts worldwide seem to be absolutely against the idea of Israel Adesanya getting an immediate rematch after facing a tough loss against Sean Strickland.
Sometimes rest & recovery can do wonders that frequent activity can't replicate, which is why people think it would be better for Adesanya to take some time off and make a comeback once everything is settled mentally and strategically.
Dana White on Israel Adesanya vs Sean Strickland rematch
During the recent post fight press conference, Dana White justified his statement and shed some light on Israel Adesanya vs Sean Strickland rematch. "If you remember that night, people said, 'Well, what do you think? You think there's a rematch?' I was like, 'Yeah, the rematch sounds great,'" White said as quoted by mmajunkie.usatoday.com.
"I saw the stupid ******* **** that was written by all these stupid ******* websites. White further said: Never once did I say, 'Yes, we're going to ******* do this rematch.' I said, 'Yeah, rematch sounds – you know, we'll see what happens.'
There's obviously lots of options out there, and we'll see what happens. But, yes, I'm still not opposed to an Israel rematch. We'll see how it goes". Sean Strickland could defend his belt against Dricus Du Plessis in December; it will be interesting to see how long he can successfully sustain his position as the middleweight champion of the world.