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.


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.


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.