Dricus Du Plessis showcased an extraordinary performance at UFC 290, securing a stunning second-round stoppage against former champion Robert Whittaker. As a result, Du Plessis has earned the opportunity to challenge middleweight king Israel Adesanya for the title.
During the fight, the South African fighter delivered a devastating straight punch that caught Whittaker off guard in the second round, staggering “The Reaper” and forcing him towards the cage. Du Plessis capitalized on this opening, relentlessly landing heavy blows to Whittaker’s head and body. Eventually, Whittaker stumbled and fell to the canvas, prompting referee Marc Goddard to step in and stop the contest.
The fight came to an end at 2:23 of the second round.
Reflecting on the victory, Du Plessis admitted, “When I dropped him, I wanted to rush in, but I’ve learned to control myself. So, I stayed composed and observed the beginning of the end. Robert is a true gentleman, a humble man, and a legend in this sport.”
However, Du Plessis’ celebration was abruptly interrupted as he found himself face to face with Adesanya, who entered the cage. The two middleweights engaged in a tense faceoff, exchanging heated words.
Adesanya directed his comments at Du Plessis, proclaiming, “I don’t need a DNA test to know where I come from. I will show you where you’re from. This will be an easy fight, easy money. I knew this moment would come.”
While no official confirmation has been made, it appears likely that Adesanya and Du Plessis will settle their rivalry at UFC 293 in September, scheduled to take place in Sydney, Australia. Du Plessis undoubtedly earned this opportunity by becoming only the second fighter, besides Adesanya, to finish Whittaker in the middleweight division.
From the onset of the fight, Du Plessis fearlessly engaged with Whittaker, willingly exchanging blows. He later executed a well-timed takedown, inflicting significant damage on Whittaker with a slicing elbow that opened a cut on his head. This compelled Whittaker to retreat momentarily and tend to the blood in his corner.
As the second round commenced, Du Plessis resumed his aggressive approach, delivering a perfectly timed straight right that snapped Whittaker’s head back. It became evident that Whittaker was in trouble, and Du Plessis swiftly capitalized on the opportunity, unleashing a combination of punches that ultimately secured the victory.
With this win, Du Plessis maintains an undefeated record of 6-0 in the UFC. His next challenge awaits in the form of a middleweight title fight against Adesanya, as these two bitter rivals seek to settle their score at 185 pounds.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about UFC 290
Who will Dricus Du Plessis fight next after his win over Robert Whittaker at UFC 290?
Dricus Du Plessis will face Israel Adesanya in his next fight, as he earned the opportunity to challenge Adesanya for the middleweight title after his impressive victory over Robert Whittaker.
When did Dricus Du Plessis secure the win at UFC 290?
Dricus Du Plessis secured the win over Robert Whittaker at UFC 290 in the second round, with the fight ending at 2 minutes and 23 seconds.
What happened during the faceoff between Dricus Du Plessis and Israel Adesanya?
After his fight with Robert Whittaker, Dricus Du Plessis had a confrontational faceoff with Israel Adesanya, who entered the cage. The two fighters engaged in a tense encounter, exchanging words and displaying the intensity of their rivalry.
Where is the potential fight between Dricus Du Plessis and Israel Adesanya scheduled to take place?
The potential fight between Dricus Du Plessis and Israel Adesanya is likely to be scheduled for UFC 293 in September, set to happen in Sydney, Australia.
How did Dricus Du Plessis earn the opportunity to fight Israel Adesanya?
Dricus Du Plessis earned the opportunity to fight Israel Adesanya by delivering an outstanding performance against Robert Whittaker, becoming only the second fighter to finish Whittaker in the middleweight division.
What is Dricus Du Plessis’s UFC record after his win at UFC 290?
With his victory over Robert Whittaker at UFC 290, Dricus Du Plessis maintains an undefeated record of 6-0 in the UFC.