Daniel Cormier thinks the grudge fight between Dricus Du Plessis and Israel Adesanya should happen, whether the former wins or loses to Sean Strickland at UFC 297.

Du Plessis is set to face Strickland this month to challenge him for the middleweight title. This will be the South African’s latest attempt to snatch. To recall, he was supposed to enter the cage in September 2022 and challenge Adesanya, who was still the champ at that time. However, “Stillknocks” was forced not to take a fight due to his foot injury, giving Strickland the title shot. Needless to say, the American successfully beat “The Last Stylebender,” making him the current champ in the middleweight division.

Now, whether Du Plessis obtains the belt or loses at UFC 297, Cormier thinks that the promotion still has to book the fight between him and Adesanya. The two built some friction before their fight was canceled last year, and the commentator thinks UFC should give it a chance and reanimate the tense by booking their fight. For Cormier, it is necessary before the promotion puts any of the two fighters against other names like Khamzat Chimaev.

“That build was going to be so crazy,” Cormier explained on his YouTube channel. “If you watch Strickland fight Du Plessis, you still preserve that matchup, regardless, for Adesanya, right? Du Plessis wins: Title fight for Adesanya. Build that whole thing. Du Plessis loses: Fight vs. Adesanya. Build that whole thing.

“You save that matchup regardless because if you put him in there with Khamzat, it’s a great fight. It makes all the sense in the world. It would seem like a No. 1 contenders fight. But if Khamzat gets through him, now you might lose that fight with Du Plessis if he wins. You save Adesanya-Du Plessis at all costs.”

According to retired MMA fighter and current industry analyst Chael Sonnen, Adesanya is actually set to face the winner of the Du Plessis vs. Strickland bout. However, the fighter remains mum about it. In case this is true, Adesanya might find himself having a line of possible opponents, including Strickland (if he wins the UFC 297), Du Plessis, and Alex Pereira, who is still hopeful about their MMA rematch.

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