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UFC Denver Fighter Swears at Dricus Du Plessis Over Comments About ‘African Champion’

By meerna Jul11,2024
UFC Denver Fighter Swears at Dricus Du Plessis Over Comments About ‘African Champion’

Ahead of their UFC Denver fight, middleweight contender Abdul Razak Alhassan launched a devastating attack on the reigning king of the 185-pound division.

12-6 middleweight contender Abdul Razak Alhassan returns to action this weekend to face Cody Brundage in the opening fight of the UFC Fight Night Denver main card.

Alhassan, not wanting to waste the opportunity to grab some headlines ahead of the fight, did not mince his words as he slammed champion Dricus Du Plessis in a minute-long speech.

Ghana's Abdul Razak Alhassan has his hands wrapped backstage during the weigh-in for UFC Fight Night at UFC APEX on October 7, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nebraska.
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Abdul Razak Alhassan launches verbal attack on Dricus Du Plessis

Speaking to media ahead of his rematch with Cody Brundage at UFC Denver, Abdul Razak Alhassan undoubtedly gave the most memorable interview of them all.

The 38-year-old Ghanaian has criticised middleweight champion Dricus Du Plessis over his ongoing feud with Israel Adesanya, and in particular over comments from ‘Stillknocks’ who called him the ‘true African champion’.

“I respect Dricus, I respect the part (when) he says he represents Africa, I respect the things he’s done in MMA, but he’s a fucking big asshole for the words he used.”

Alhassan argued that if Du Plessis was “a real African and lived in Africa, (then) he would never have used that word ‘f****'”, adding more expletives as he explained his point about the South African champion.

“If he was raised as a poor man in Africa, like I was raised, like I grew up, except I can go days without food. If we had the opportunity to leave this sh*** – I’m sorry to try to call my country sh***, but if I was poor and I could go to America or some other country to make a better life for myself; I would fucking cut off my leg to go there.

“If he was a real African, he would understand that… It means he lived comfortably, his family had money to feed him every day, so he didn’t have to worry about leaving (Africa) to go and make a living (elsewhere).”

Dricus Du Plessis will defend his middleweight title against Israel Adesanya in the main event of UFC 305, which is set to air live from the RAC Arena in Perth in August.

“So for him to say he’s a real African champion who lived there, he’s an asshole for saying that – I respect what he did, but he’s an asshole for doing that,” Alhassan continued.

Asked if such pent-up emotions could be a hindrance for him, considering he’s about to battle himself in a few days, the middleweight contender joked that it’s exactly the kind of motivation he needs.

“It’s not that kind of anger, I’m fucking excited, I’m ready.”

Abdul Razak Alhassan also attacks Joaquin Buckley

Du Plessis wasn’t the only middleweight to find himself in Alhassan’s crosshairs this week as he also set his sights on Joaquin ‘New Mans’ Buckley.

In reality, Alhassan showed up for media duties wearing a T-shirt with the words “Buckley is a****” emblazoned across the front – something the UFC Denver fighter was forced to change into before going in front of the cameras.

“I know it’s fucked up – I had a t-shirt that said ‘Buckley’s c**t’ and they told me not to wear it – what’s wrong with that?!”

Their ongoing feud harks back to their 2022 fight, which Buckley won via split decision – so expect another “new Mansa” on social media if Alhassan loses this weekend.

“Despite everything, if you’re watching this, you’re still an a** – I hate that b*****, well, hate is a strong word; I don’t like him… If I see him, I’ll say “hi” of course, but I still don’t like his personality.”

Abdul Rozak Alhassan will return to action on July 13 at UFC Fight Night: Namajunas vs. Cortez.

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