UFC 290 was just shocking, to say the least. Dricus du Plessis just shook the MMA world to its core by defeating the middleweight champion Robert Whittaker via knockout. Nobody was expecting this to happen, especially after seeing Plessis’ slow start in round 1.
With how things were going, nobody expected Plessis to win or even come close. But the whole tempo of the fight shifted in the second round. And pretty soon, Du Plessis was seen taking control of the fight and eventually winning it.
But the streak was broken unexpectedly when Du Plessis had to pull out of a fight against Israel Adesanya. This left the doors open for Sean Strickland, who landed a more shocking blow by defeating Adesanya. People were not at all expecting to see Strickland hold up against Adesanya in any shape or form.
The Champ’s Insight
In a recent interview with The MMA Hour, Du Plessis shared his opinion about Strickland and Adesanya’s fight. Du Plessis was candid and said, “When the fight started not even a minute in and I said, Izzy looks off. I said he looks off, there’s some people saying it was just Sean Strickland shutting him down, that’s not the fact of the matter. Izzy didn’t fight the way he can fight, that was the worst Izzy we’ve ever seen in the cage.”
This was insightful and clearly showed the love and respect Du Plessis has for his colleague Adesanya. In fact, Du Plessis also acknowledged that Sean Strickland was great, but if he had faced true Adesanya, the result could have been different.
Even though Du Plessis has only words of affirmation for Adesanya. Du Plessis is clear that he will not rest until he wins the middleweight champion title, even if it means that he has to fight Adesanya. Keep following our page for more sports-related content.
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