Because No. 1 contender Dricus Du Plessis won't be prepared for the UFC 293 pay-per-view main event in Sydney, UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya has offered Sean Strickland a shot at the championship.
The following 185-pound title bout was all but decided after Du Plessis stunned the mixed martial arts world by defeating former champion Robert Whittaker at UFC 290 earlier this month. Later, while Du Plessis and Adesanya were duelling in the Octagon, Adesanya offered a random promo laced with N-words.
However, the schedule appears to have changed on Wednesday (July 19), following Adesanya's social media criticism of "Stillknocks."
“I don’t even know how to start this, but Dricus DuP—ssy, you f—king b—tch,” Adesanya said. “‘Oh, all he had to do was put on some glove; I was ready to go again.’ No, you weren’t. You’re a b—tch. That’s why you’re not taking this fight. Your foot is sore. My knee was jacked for my last fight. Guess what I did? I showed up because that’s what a f—king champion does. Championship caliber, built different.
“A lot of you fighters talk about, ‘I’ll fight anyone, anywhere, anytime,’” Adesanya continued. “No, you won’t. I do. Alex Volkanovski does. We’re built different. I’m at the gym right now about to get some work.”
“So, I’m fighting in Sydney. I don’t give a f—ck who. D—ckless DuP—ssy, f—ck off. You’re out. [Sean] Strickland, you’re in. Let’s do the man dance. Show you how to really dance. Yeah, I’m tired of all you guys talking sh—t about, ‘I can fight, I can fight.’ No, you can’t, DuP—ssy. B—tch.”
Adesanya vs. Strickland is planned for UFC 293 on Sept. 10, according to people close to the issue, although nothing has been decided yet.
Strickland is on a two-fight winning streak after finishing Abus Magomedov in the second round on July 1. He demanded a title shot following his victory and declared he "has paid his f—cking dues."