Dricus Du Plessis minimizes Israel Adesanya's potential and says the end of the Nigerian's career: 'I wanted to retire'

The middleweight champion showed respect for the 'Stylebender's' trajectory in the division but claimed that he is no longer at his highest level

D. Du Plessis during face-off with I. Adesanya. Photo: Reproduction/UFC

Ready for his first defense of the middleweight belt (up to 83.9kg), Dricus Du Plessis believes he will not share the octagon with the best version of Israel adesanya. In an interview with the 'Hello Sport' channel, the South African showed respect for the Nigerian's trajectory in the category, but said he believes he already intends to retire from the sport.

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“When it comes to the title defenses, the winning streaks, that will never come again because he doesn't have time, so I think his biggest achievement for him personally was winning Alex Poatán. He had this enemy who attacked him several times and, after that fight, he was ready to retire, that's what I saw in his eyes too,” said Du Plessis.

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With an already established rivalry, Du Plessis and Adesanya will face off in the main fight of UFC 305, which takes place on August 17, in Perth, Australia. The South African won the belt last January by beating the North American Sean Strickland, responsible for dethroning the 'Stylebender' in his last commitment, held in September 2023.

Three Brazilians are already confirmed on the UFC 305 card: the welterweight Carlos Prates, the heavyweight Walter Walker and featherweight Ricardo Ramos.

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