The rivalry between Israel Adesanya and Dricus du Plessis extends beyond their showdown at UFC 290. This feud brewed long before, marked by intense confrontations and significant moments.
After du Plessis defeated Robert Whittaker in September, the then-middleweight champion came into the cage and started insulting du Plessis using foul language.
Their common past is what gave rise to their intense altercation. Du Plessis previously challenged Adesanya by declaring his goal to be the first UFC champion from Africa. Adesanya hails from Nigeria but trains in New Zealand.
A recently surfaced video from 2016 reveals a training session between Alexander Volkanovski and du Plessis at Thailand’s Tiger Muay Thai facility. The video shows an accidental collision between du Plessis and Adesanya during the session. The two then carry on with their training without any additional escalation.
Fans took to the platform to express their thoughts. Some were amazed at the encounter, while others highlighted the significance of the moment, reminiscing about du Plessis’ former weight class at 170 pounds.
Some of the comments were as follows:
“Mannnn that’s crazy… wild to see how things can age”
“Getting pieced up by a 45er is crazy”
“Wow the fact that Izzy and Dricus bumped into eachother in this clip is poetic”
“Keep in mind, this was when Dricus was still fighting at 170…”
Recently, Alex Pereira hinted that he could be thinking about putting the feud with Israel Adesanya behind him.
Pereira immediately challenged Adesanya to a trilogy bout after defeating Jiri Prochazka by second-round knockout and winning the UFC light heavyweight championship at UFC 295 in November.
In a recent Ares FC Q&A session, Pereira expressed readiness to move forward if Adesanya continues to stay out of competition.
The ongoing rivalry among Adesanya, du Plessis, and Pereira presents an intriguing narrative in the realm of combat sports. While uncertainties loom over Adesanya’s return, the history and confrontations among these combatants continue to captivate fans worldwide.