Dricus Du Plessis last fought against Robert Whittaker and claimed a significant knockout win that booked his spot as the next title challenger. However, Du Plessis had to throw the golden opportunity away due to a broken foot, and that’s how Sean Strickland was brought into the scenario.
To everyone’s surprise, Strickland caused a massive upset by snatching everything away from Adesanya. The question most people are asking is, who’s next for the middleweight title fight? Dana White may have answered this question as he said the winner of Khamzat Chimaev vs Kamaru Usman would be next for the title shot.
That leaves Dricus Du Plessis out of the equation, and surprisingly, Du Plessis is fine with that.
Dricus Du Plessis on getting a title shot
In a recent interview with Fox West Texas, 2nd ranked middleweight contender shared his thoughts on getting a title shot next.
“When you look at this, I have one of two options,” Du Plessis said, as quoted by mmajunakie.usatoday.com. “The first thing I can say is a little bit of a jab is Khamzat’s hand is broken, right? So he should be ready to fight in seven weeks or he forfeits his title shot because that’s what happened to me.
I wasn’t ready to fight in seven weeks with a broken foot. It took me maybe a week or so to almost stop feeling sorry for myself like this is unfair, Life’s not fair, and the fight game is definitely not fair.
Du Plessis further said: I just said what I’ll do now is I’ll run over the whole division, I’ll run over the top five of this division, which will only make my move to light heavyweight quicker and easier.
… Right now I’m not going to beg for any title shot. I’ve never begged for anything, I’ve fought for it. If you want to give Khamzat the title shot, go right ahead, because Khamzat that fought this weekend loses to Sean Strickland every day of the week”.