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‘I Would Love To Fight Him’

‘I Would Love To Fight Him’

Undisputed middleweight champ, Dricus du Plessis is all ears to a future title defense versus the unbeaten, Khamzat Chimaev needs to he win next weekend at UFC Fight Night Saudi Arabia – nevertheless, is less than crazy about battling ex-champion, Robert Whittaker once again if he beats the Chechen this month.

du Plessis, the existing indisputable middleweight kingpin, headlined UFC 297 back in January in Canada, landing the divisional crown in a questionable, and much discussed split choice win over Sean Strickland.

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The triumph kept the Pretoria local’s best marketing run in check given that his 2020 launching with the company to boot.

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And related to a summertime return battle, du Plessis just recently exposed he had actually accepted safeguard his crown next in a rescheduled title battle with previous two-time champ, Israel Adesanya – with the duo connected to a UFC 305 fight in Perth as quickly as August.

Dricus du Plessis eyes Khamzat Chimaev title battle

Sharing his ideas on other competitors whom might provide themselves to him in the future, du Plessis invited the opportunity to take on with Chimaev – as quickly as he beats Whittaker as the prepare to eliminate next weekend in Riyadh.

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 21: Khamzat Chimaev of the United Arab Emirates prepares to deal with Kamaru Usman of Nigeria in a middleweight battle throughout the UFC 294 occasion at Etihad Arena on October 21, 2023 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC by means of Getty Images)

“Should he (Khamzat Chimaev) beat (Robert) Whittaker, I would love to fight Khamzat,” Dricus du Plessis informed Fight Wave. “In my opinion, should Whittaker beat Khamzat, I don’t think it warrants him a title shot. Honestly [I] would love to see him and (Sean) Strickland fight it out for [a] number one contender fight.”

“I was willing to fight Strickland, Khamzat, (Israel) Adesanya,” Dricus du Plessis continued. “I’m champion. I have to fight who they [the UFC] give me. I want to fight the best guy. Strickland fans were like, ‘Fight him again.’ I said, ‘Guys, I will fight him again.’ I don’t make that decision [when].” 

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