Dricus du Plessis needs to be the UFC middleweight champion. The present titleholder, Israel Adesanya, needs to battle him. However as an alternative, the South African fighter is taking up former champion and prime contender Robert Whittaker.
Dricus du Plessis is aware of he’s not taking good battle en path to UFC title
He admits that it isn’t the neatest path to turning into champion, however claims he didn’t grow to be a fighter to be good.
“Lots of people are saying it’s not the neatest transfer to battle Whittaker and one hundred pc, I agree with that,” Du Plessis stated not too long ago on Submission Radio.
“I agree it’s not the good transfer, however I’m not right here to be good. In any other case, I’d’ve stayed at school and completed my research, gone to work at a financial institution, wore a swimsuit to work day by day, and do some company life. However that’s not the life I selected. I selected to be a warrior, to be an entertainer, and on the finish of the day, I’m a fighter. And that’s what I do, I battle.”
Dricus du Plessis might be preventing Israel Adesanya as an alternative
Ranked No. 6 within the 185-pound division with a 19-2 document, du Plessis was in a strong place to problem for the title, as Adesanya has already defeated a lot of the fighters forward of du Plessis. He’s defeated Whittaker twice, which makes du Plessis’s option to battle Whittaker all of the extra harmful, although there’s an amazing upside, as effectively.
And du Plessis needs to show his value to followers, and himself, by taking the exhausting street to the title. It’s additionally a wise means to ensure he’s ready for the problem that Adesanya presents.
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Although Whittaker has twice misplaced to Adesanya, he’s entrenched himself on the prime of the division, as these are his solely losses at middleweight. He has defeated all one of the best the division has to supply, however these two defeats hold him at arms size of one other title shot.
“I feel a man like Whitaker, no errors could be made, and each alternative given should be a possibility taken. If he misses, he has to pay. If he slips up, I’ve to capitalize on each single time he makes a mistake. I must be there ready and exploiting that mistake,” stated du Plessis. “And I feel that’s the important thing to victory.”
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And a victory by over Whittaker would make du Plessis an simple challenger in everybody’s eyes, together with his personal.
“I don’t wish to get that title shot based mostly on some hype created by some man who has the title who’s behaving like a bit of baby and overreacting and now the battle is occurring due to that,” Du Plessis stated. “I wish to deserve my title shot. I don’t wish to be handed a title shot. I’m going to deserve that belt, and that’s why I needed that Whittaker battle.”