Dricus Du Plessis fully intends on being the man to permanently dethrone Israel Adesanya.

The UFC middleweight division has a ready-made feud between the reigning two-time champion and South Africa’s top star.

While Du Plessis has locked up a shot in the eyes of the title holder thanks to his words, Du Plessis wants to speak with his actions and make himself undeniable. That process continues with the former champion Robert Whittaker at UFC 290 next weekend in Las Vegas.

“Be careful what you wish for,” Du Plessis said.

“At the end of the day, I don’t care if he hopes, if he wants it, I’ll win on my terms and it’s imminent like I said. When I fight for the belt, I’m gonna fight Adesanya. He says he’s hoping that I win, that’s good. I don’t need hope. I think the hope is for those that believe winning can happen by accident. I’m not winning by accident or by him hoping. I’m winning because of my hard work and because I’m the best fighter.

“He’ll get his shot. He can stand in line. He’s calling me out, I’m not calling him out. So, I’ll be fighting him because that’s what I deserve but he can stand in line just like everybody else and when the time comes, I’ll be fighting him.

“Let’s see if he’s game,” he added. “Let’s see if Adesanya is really there when the time comes. The way I see it, I think after Whittaker just give me about five minutes. With the way I’m feeling right now, just give me about five minutes and water then I’ll fight him on the same night. Let’s do it next week, Saturday.”

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