Israel Adesanya has made a statement about his rematch with Sean Strickland

Former UFC middleweight titleholder, Israel Adesanya, plans to rematch Sean Strickland, but not before regaining the belt against the division’s current champion, Dricus Du Plessis.

“It took me six years to get revenge on Pereira – with Strickland it won’t take me long, but let me get past Du Plessis first,” MMAmania quoted the Nigerian fighter as saying. “I never look far ahead, just for the next fight. I can look into the future a little bit, but I try not to focus on that.”

“I just know that the fight with Strickland is going to happen, and right now I’m in good condition both physically and mentally. I know exactly what happened in that fight that just wasn’t for me. Shawn is a great fighter, and a good champion – you just look at his reign. He did what he did. He beat me impressively – that was his moment.”

Adesanya previously revealed that his fight against Du Plessis could have headlined the UFC 300 event in Las Vegas, however, the South African declined to defend the title at the anniversary event, citing injury.

Recall that last September, Israel Adesanya lost the championship belt, sensationally losing by unanimous decision to Sean Strickland, and the American lost the title in January, losing by split decision to Dricus Du Plessis after five rounds.