Israel Mobolaji Adesanya, a Nigerian-New Zealand professional mixed martial artist, has set his sights on his next opponent.
Prior to his final fight against Derek Brunson at UFC 285 last month, Dricus du Plessis caused quite a stir with his remarks about African champions.
Before explaining what an African champion will be like if he wins the Middleweight title, Du Plessis asked if any UFC champions had ever visited Africa.
The comments irritated former UFC Welterweight Kamaru Usman and current Middleweight kingpin Adesanya, despite the fact that both were born in Nigeria.
Adesanya explained why he wanted the fight to be in South Africa where Du Plessis is from.
He said, “I tried to do the fight in South Africa, but apparently it might not work.
“But again, I told UFC President Dana White, You guys beat COVID before any other big sporting league got on the field or on the court, you guys did that. You can do anything.
“I still believe they can. I want to do it in South Africa or somewhere in Africa. [du Plessis] thinks they’re going to have his back.
“It’s only the product of him that’s going to have his back. He doesn’t understand who I am.
“Like I said, he’s created division. I don’t like that. He didn’t have to do that. He didn’t have to do that.