Adesanya left a message for Du Plessis.

Israel Adesanya addressed his next opponent, UFC middleweight champion Dricus Du Plessis.

"You have to show respect for those who have gone before you. Dricus repeats that he is a true African champion. But listen to me - you couldn't have achieved this if it wasn't for me, Francis Ngannou and Kamaru Usman. We paved the way for him. So you must have respect for your elders. I will make sure he learns that," Adesanya said on The Today Show.