Prior to their scheduled battle at UFC 293 in Sydney, Australia, Dricus du Plessis and Israel Adesanya engaged in a contentious feud. Their differing histories and assertions regarding their African ancestry seem to be the cause of their conflict.
The Last Stylebender, who was reared in New Zealand but was born in Nigeria, and Stillknocks, who was born and raised in South Africa, got into a heated argument that was racially charged.
Adesanya has also engaged in notable disputes with other UFC competitors, including Paulo Costa and Jon Jones. These disputes involved heated social media exchanges, personal attacks, and trash talk. Adesanya’s disputes frequently showcase his outspoken demeanor and his aptitude for building suspense and drama surrounding his confrontations.
What happened between Israel Adesanya and Dricus du Plessis?
Tension and controversy surrounding Dricus du Plessis and Israel Adesanya culminated in the recent fiasco. Prior to their fight, Du Plessis and Adesanya had been at odds for weeks. Du Plessis won an exciting match against Robert Whittaker to earn a title bout against Adesanya.
Israel Adesanya goes off on Dricus Du Plessis and tells him to take a DNA test to prove he's African. 😳
— No Jumper (@nojumper) July 9, 2023
However, things turned heated when Adesanya used racially offensive language, including the N-word, to insult Du Plessis after the match. It was assumed that Du Plessis was being made fun of for his previous remarks about being African by this behavior.
Adesanya declared himself willing to fight Du Plessis, setting up a potential contest for UFC 293 in Sydney. Due to the extreme leadup, their forthcoming battle has been hotly anticipated, with both combatants expressing confidence in their chances of winning. Within the MMA world, the altercation and its aftermath have drawn a lot of interest and discussion.
Israel Adesanya’s previous UFC beefs
The UFC middleweight champion, Israel Adesanya, has had major disputes with a number of fighters throughout the course of his career. Following are three fighters who have had conflicts with Adesanya:
In 2020, Adesanya and Paulo Costa’s rivalry peaked. Months of online arguments and trash-talking between the competitors included a heated exchange at the weigh-ins before their clash in UAE. After the fight, Izzy’s controversial celebration didn’t really help mend tensions.
Adesanya and Jon Jones have characterized their feud with intense hostility, despite not having yet faced off in the Octagon. On social media, the two boxers have traded verbal punches and taunts while making personal attacks on one other. However, recently the two athletes seem to have reached a rather peaceful truce.
Adesanya and Marvin Vettori’s animosity dates back to their early middleweight days as they rose through the rankings. In their first fight, which included both physical and verbal exchanges, Adesanya prevailed. The rivalry between them has persisted, resulting in the much-awaited rematch saw the Kiwi picking up another win.
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