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“He’s a Fan”: Israel Adesanya Takes Ownership of Dricus Du Plessis’ Achievement as 4th African UFC Champion

Souvik Roy

“He’s a Fan”: Israel Adesanya Takes Ownership of Dricus Du Plessis’ Achievement as 4th African UFC Champion

The current UFC middleweight champ, Dricus Du Plessis, has materialized his words about being an African UFC champion. But his archrival, Israel Adesanya, doesn’t count him as the first-ever African to claim a UFC championship. Recently, ‘The Last Stylebender’ appeared on the latest episode of Ariel Helwani’s podcast, ‘The MMA Hour’, where he labeled Du Plessis as a “fan” of his. ‘Izzy’ also laid stress on the fact that Du Plessis could’ve never reached this position without him and the other two African UFC champions paving his way.

The snap of the former UFC champs, Kamaru Usman, Francis Ngannou, and ‘Izzy’ standing together has become iconic in the UFC. Adesanya considered Du Plessis to be a follower of the three former UFC champs showcased in the picture. This is exactly why he labeled Du Plessis as a “fan”, despite the South African viewing him as his staunch opponent. ‘Izzy’ said,

“I don’t really follow the guy, but he follows me. I think he’s actually a fan. He just has to fight me, but he’s actually a fan.”

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‘Stillknocks’ gained the limelight after he sparked the “real African UFC champion” debate. However, Adesanya counted his involvement in the feud as the primary reason behind Du Plessis finally getting to the UFC middleweight championship.

Well, Du Plessis might consider himself as the “real African UFC champion” in his own words. But he hasn’t faced the Adesanya challenge yet. It might prove to be his toughest in-octagon test till date.

Will Dricus Du Plessis be able to get the better of Israel Adesanya when they fight?

The Stillknocks-Izzy feud has been going on for almost a year now. But the fight between them hasn’t materialized yet. However, the current scenario suggests that Adesanya will be Du Plessis’ rival for his next title defense.

The ongoing feud between the two is expected to add an extra layer of excitement to the fight. But ‘Izzy’s’ awesome in-octagon prowess might get the South African into severe trouble. On the flip side, Du Plessis’ superb UFC 290 and UFC 297 displays testify that he too has got enough in his tank to defend his title against Adesanya.

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Souvik Roy

Souvik Roy


The coveted boxing bout between Lennox Lewis and Mike Tyson in 2002 was the first combat sports event that Souvik ever witnessed. However, he fell for the UFC when he knew about it in 2010. After starting as an occasional viewer back then, Souvik has been watching UFC events almost regularly from late 2017. He began his career as a UFC(MMA) and combat sports journalist in the year 2022 after gathering a lot of valuable knowledge about MMA and a few other combat sports disciplines. He has written more than 1300 articles about various UFC and other combat sports events prior to joining The SportsRush. Apart from being a journalist, Souvik is also an ardent fan of the UFC. Hence, he always looks to have conversations about the same with others. He has a deep affinity for striking part of MMA and other combat sports and Dustin ‘The Diamond’ Poirier is the warrior of his choice in the current UFC roster. Souvik also serves as the Lead Vocalist of a rock band during his time free from publishing reports.

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