Dricus du Plessis claims Israel Adesanya “Doesn’t want to be here” after heated UFC 305 press conference

Dricus du Plessis questions Israel Adesanya’s motivations to fight

In a recent interview with Submission Radio, du Plessis reflected on his first pre-fight face-to-face with Adesanya.

“His demeanor around this whole fight, this man is trying to convince himself that he still wants to be here,” Du Plessis said. “In saying that, he has done so much for the sport. ‘It’s not about titles anymore’…he’ll never get what he had again. There’s not enough time, and he’s already done what he did in this sport in terms of legacy. He’s talking about so much outside of the sport, instead of inside the sport…I think this is him trying to convince himself that he still wants to do this, that he still has what it takes…

“I’m here just to show him that he’s not. Enjoy your golf, I’m the new champion and I’m the new king of this division, and I’m gonna make sure he knows that.”

Du Plessis captured the UFC middleweight title by defeating Strickland at UFC 297 earlier this year. He’s won nine consecutive fights, including finishes of Robert Whittaker and Derek Brunson.

Before the loss to Strickland, Adesanya recaptured the UFC middleweight title by knocking out Alex Pereira at UFC 287. He’s looking to reassert himself as one of the top pound-for-pound fighters.

Du Plessis vs. Adesanya is one of the biggest fights of the year, and the heat is starting to build as fight night approaches.

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