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Nigeria-born mixed martial arts fighter Israel Adesanya is the favored contender in the upcoming August 18 showdown against middleweight champion Dricus Du Plessis at UFC 305 in Perth, Australia.

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Despite losing his title to Sean Strickland at UFC 293 in September 2023, Adesanya is expected to reclaim his belt, with odds set at -125 compared to Du Plessis’ +102. This translates to a $100,000 bet on Adesanya returning $80,000, while the same bet on Du Plessis would yield $102,000 due to his underdog status.

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Du Plessis is defending his title for the first time since a split-decision win over Sean Strickland at UFC 297 in January.

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Known for overcoming odds, Du Plessis previously triumphed as an underdog against Robert Whittaker (+262) and boasts recent victories over Derek Brunson, Darren Till, and Brad Tavares.

Adesanya, typically favored in his bouts, experienced an upset as a -670 favorite against Strickland but has notable wins over Alex Pereira (-130), Jared Cannonier (-500), and Robert Whittaker (-260).

Fans eagerly anticipate this clash as Adesanya seeks to reclaim his title and Du Plessis aims to solidify his championship status.

Adesanya, who hinted at a potential UFC hiatus until at least 2027 after his loss to Strickland, has returned to the Octagon after a shorter break of less than a year, his longest between UFC fights, using the time to recover from injuries.