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Watch: Dricus du Plessis and Israel Adesanya in tense staredown forward of UFC 305 title bout

UFC middleweight champion Dricus du Plessis and his next challenger, former champ Israel Adesanya, came face-to-face for the first time down under on Tuesday. The two 185-pound fighters are set to clash in the UFC 305 main event in Perth, Australia on August 17, and it was clear from their staredown that neither man is

Watch: Dricus du Plessis and Israel Adesanya in tense staredown forward of UFC 305 title bout

UFC middleweight champion Dricus du Plessis and his subsequent challenger, former champ Israel Adesanya, got here face-to-face for the primary time down below on Tuesday.

The 2 185-pound fighters are set to conflict within the UFC 305 principal occasion in Perth, Australia on August 17, and it was clear from their staredown that neither man is keen to cede an inch to the opposite forward of the highly-anticipated title bout.

Each males had been tentatively scheduled to face one another final September — additionally in Australia — after South Africa’s Du Plessis earned a title shot with a surprising second spherical end of Robert Whittaker final July.

Nonetheless, damage points skilled by Du Plessis rendered him unable to make the proposed date, with Sean Strickland stepping as much as battle Adesanya and subsequently taking the title bout in a complete five-round resolution win over the previous champ.

However in August, rather less than a 12 months after they had been initially supposed to battle, the 2 will lastly throw down — and judging by their feedback on the press convention (and subsequent staredown) in Oz on Tuesday, each are greater than assured of victory.

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