Daniel Cormier cannot wait to see Israel Adesanya vs Dricus Du Plessis

Daniel Cormier explains why he eagerly wants to see Israel Adesanya vs Dricus Du Plessis.

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Daniel Cormier cannot wait to see Israel Adesanya vs Dricus Du Plessis
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Israel Adesanya was all set to defend his belt against Dricus Du Plessis, but an unexpected leg injury removed Du Plessis out of the equation, and that’s how Sean Strickland got the golden opportunity. Adesanya clearly underestimated Sean Strickland and paid for it by losing his hard-earned middleweight belt.

Fans and experts still wonder if the outcome would have been different If Du Plessis had shown up instead of Sean Strickland. It's unfinished business between Israel Adesanya and Dricus Du Plessis; Daniel Cormier recognizes that and is eagerly waiting to see them fight in the near future.

Adesanya recently confirmed that his tweet, which stated a return in 2027, was sarcastic, and he will show up sooner than anyone can imagine.

Daniel Cormier on Israel Adesanya vs Dricus Du Plessis

In a recent YouTube video, Daniel Cormier explained why he wants to Israel Adesanya vs Dricus Du Plessis.

“That build was going to be so crazy,” Cormier said, as quoted by mmajunkie.usatoday.com. “If you watch Strickland fight Du Plessis (at UFC 297), you still preserve that matchup, regardless, for Adesanya, right? Du Plessis wins: Title fight for Adesanya.

Build that whole thing. Du Plessis loses: Fight vs. Adesanya. Build that whole thing. You save that matchup regardless, because if you put him in there with Khamzat (Chimaev), it’s a great fight. It makes all the sense in the world.

It would seem like a No. 1 contenders fight. But if Khamzat gets through him, now you might lose that fight with Du Plessis if he wins. You save Adesanya-Du Plessis at all costs”.

Daniel Cormier on Israel Adesanya vs Sean Strickland

“Adesanya did not seem motivated for Strickland.

He thought he was going to run through Sean Strickland. Honestly, I’ve heard stories now out of Sean Strickland’s gym. The improvement this dude is making daily, I hear, is unbelievable. So if anyone’s not motivated for that dude, it’s a problem. He has this problem of getting overlooked, and it’s costing people”.

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