MMA star Robert Whittaker prioritizes Dricus du Plessis July bout over Israel Adesanya UFC 293 rematch

UFC President Dana White recently made an exciting announcement regarding the highly anticipated UFC 293 pay-per-view (PPV) event, potentially involving Robert Whittaker and Israel Adesanya, scheduled for September 10th in Sydney, Australia.

The event is expected to be a thrilling showdown, with the reigning middleweight champion, Israel, set to headline the fight card in his home continent, “Down Under.”

In an ideal scenario, the renowned fighter known as “The Last Stylebender” would defend his impressive 185-pound title against the victor of the Robert vs. Du Plessis bout.

Robert Whittaker

This pivotal clash is scheduled to take place as part of the UFC 290 lineup, which coincides with International Fight Week at the esteemed T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Excitement is already brewing among the local media, who seem to be making early preparations for what could potentially be an epic Adesanya vs. Whittaker trilogy.

The two fighters have previously faced each other, and the possibility of a third encounter has sparked considerable anticipation and speculation.

The stage is set for an exhilarating showdown that could captivate fans worldwide and further solidify Adesanya’s status as a dominant force in the middleweight division.

“Let me clarify everything,” Whittaker said on MMArcade podcast (via MMA News)

“So every headline out there has put a picture of Israel and myself, UFC 293. Because that’s what makes headlines, especially locally in Australia. But that is such disrespect to the threat level that Dricus brings to the fight. I understand the amount of danger he presents to me in getting the win, in just furthering my career, bettering who I am in the Octagon.”

Robert Whittaker wants his revenge against Israel Adesanya

Having previously faced Israel in two title bouts, Robert (24-6) unfortunately fell short on both occasions, marking his only defeats in the middleweight division.

Robert Whittaker vs Khamzat Chimaev

Whittaker’s impressive track record and experience make him a formidable contender for the championship title.

On the other hand, Dricus Du Plessis (19-2) has been steadily climbing the middleweight ranks and currently holds the sixth position in the official 185-pound rankings.

His remarkable victory over Derek Brunson at UFC 285 in March, held in the vibrant city of Las Vegas, solidified his position as a legitimate threat in the division.


With Whittaker’s determination to reclaim the title and Du Plessis’ rising momentum, the potential clash between these two talented fighters promises an electrifying matchup that could shape the landscape of the middleweight division.

Fans eagerly await this showdown to witness the outcome and observe the continued evolution of these exceptional athletes.

What are your thoughts regarding the state of the 185 lb division? Let us know in the comment section below.

Sami Haider

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Sami Haider is a UFC/boxing journalist who connects combat sports to pop culture. His deep passion for the UFC started in 2018, triggered by the UFC 229: Khabib vs. McGregor fight. He is a passionate writer who has a profound love for the sport and the skills that are used in it. Through his work, Sami aspires to connect combat sportsmen and their enthusiastic fans.


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