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Chael Sonnen Warns Conor McGregor Of Adesanya’s Growing Popularity

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Only time will tell if Du Plessis can make the two-month turnaround. Du Plessis’ win against Whittaker will likely lead to a middleweight title shot in his next Octagon appearance. With that said, it’s not guaranteed that ‘Stillknocks’ will be Adesanya’s next opponent. ‘The Last Stylebender’ plans to headline UFC 293 in September, and he needs an available title challenger. 

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[embedded content]During the same episode of The MMA Hour, Chael Sonnen compared McGregor’s appearance at BKFC 41 to Adesanya’s faceoff with Dricus Du Plessis at UFC 290: On April 29, Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship held their biggest event of the year, which was headlined by Mike Perry vs. Luke Rockhold. During the highly-anticipated fight card, Conor McGregor showed up at the event, adding a massive amount of attention. 

Chael Sonnen compares Israel Adesanya’s appearance at UFC 290 to Conor McGregor’s at BKFC 41

Meanwhile, Adesanya has fought four times since McGregor’s last Octagon appearance. ‘The Last Stylebender’ also has the opportunity to fight once or twice before the Dublin native is approved by USADA. “There’s a different game being played here by Izzy. You want to know who should be watching this? It’s not Du Plessis, and it’s not the rest of the division. It’s Conor McGregor. Izzy’s coming for his spot. Izzy is coming for top draw in the sport, and he’s not that far away. By the way, he truly made that program for me.”

Chael Sonnen believes Israel Adesanya’s star power could surpass Conor McGregor. Mike Perry calls out Conor McGregor for a face-off and @TheNotoriousMMA accepts. He enters the ring with the BKFC title over his shoulder.#BKFC41 | LIVE on #FITE pic.twitter.com/DoCw7OZTZP“What Adesanya did, that show’s not the same. I was at a Bare Knuckle show about two months ago, and Conor McGregor showed up, and it was a massive deal from a perspective of entertainment. From having something to look forward to that you weren’t promised, it wasn’t on the marquee. The presence of Conor was greatly felt, and it was discussed in the media long after… Now I’m seeing that Izzy can play that same game, and he can play it very powerfully.”

Published on July 11, 2023 at 3:18 am

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