Former middleweight champion Robert Whittaker is set to face Dricus Du Plessis at UFC 290, which will take place on July 8 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Du Plessis, undefeated in the UFC and a promising contender for current champion Israel Adesanya, has created a compelling narrative in his quest for the title shot. Although Du Plessis acknowledges that choosing to fight Whittaker might not be the most strategic decision, he is determined to prove himself as the rightful No. 1 contender.
Whittaker expressed his respect for Du Plessis’ mindset during an episode of a Podcast, stating, “I’m not here to do the smart thing, I’m here to fight.” Whittaker appreciates Du Plessis’ willingness to engage in a battle and promises to bring his utmost intensity to the octagon. For Whittaker, the fight embodies the essence of his warrior spirit and fulfills his passion for the craft of MMA.
While some, including Adesanya, may underestimate Du Plessis’ chances against Whittaker, the former champion eagerly anticipates the challenge and recognizes Du Plessis as a worthy adversary. Whittaker admires Du Plessis’ honorable and warrior-like demeanor, which adds an extra level of excitement to the upcoming clash. The prospect of standing across the octagon from a competitor who truly understands the nature of the sport fills Whittaker with electric anticipation.