In an unexpected twist, the middleweight champion of the UFC, Israel Adesanya, has made a bold offer to Sean Strickland for a title shot. The plan to have No. 1-ranked contender Dricus Du Plessis face Adesanya in the main event at UFC 293 in Sydney, Australia, on Sept. 10, 2023, has hit a roadblock as Du Plessis won’t be ready for the highly anticipated pay-per-view showdown.
The stage for the 185-pound title fight seemed set after UFC 290, where Du Plessis stunned the MMA world by stopping former division champion Robert Whittaker. Adesanya, seizing the moment, stepped into the Octagon to confront Du Plessis, but what followed was a rather unorthodox promo, leaving many stunned and baffled.
However, Adesanya took matters into his own hands, taking to social media to unleash a fiery tirade against “Stillknocks.” Adesanya didn’t hold back, passionately declaring, “I don’t even know how to start this, but Dricus DuP—ssy, you f—king b—tch,” and challenging Du Plessis’s claim of being ready for the fight. Adesanya went on to emphasize his own championship mentality, recalling his past fight where he battled through an injured knee and still showed up to compete.
Adesanya’s decision to pass on Du Plessis has now opened the door for Sean Strickland, the No. 6-ranked middleweight, to seize this golden opportunity. Adesanya called upon Strickland to step up and take on the challenge in Sydney, leaving no room for doubt as he taunted, “I’m fighting in Sydney. I don’t give a f—ck who. D—ckless DuP—ssy, f—ck off. You’re out. Strickland, you’re in.”
Dickless DuPussay. pic.twitter.com/UQwRF2a5tU
— Israel Adesanya (@stylebender) July 20, 2023
The heated exchanges and fiery challenges between Adesanya and Du Plessis have set the stage for an explosive title race in the middleweight division. Fans and pundits alike will eagerly await Strickland’s response and how this dramatic saga unfolds as UFC 293 approaches.
As the excitement builds, one thing remains certain: the middleweight champion, Israel Adesanya, is determined to defend his throne against any contender who dares to step up and prove themselves in the Octagon.