A rivalry between UFC light heavyweight champion Jones (24-1 MMA, 18-1 UFC) and interim middleweight titleholder Adesanya (17-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) has flared up in the lead-up to and aftermath of UFC 236, which saw “The Last Stylebender” defeat Kelvin Gastelum to win his belt in the co-main event.
The latest chapter featured Adesanya firing back at Jones’ criticism of his performance at UFC 236 and dismissing the competitiveness of a potential fight between them. Adesanya called Jones a “bully,” and said he would like to share the octagon with him one day, but not until he is done making his run through the middleweight title scene and is confident in his ability to fight “Bones.”
Jones takes umbrage with Adesanya’s stance and claims “The Last Stylebender” was first to call him out. That appears to be the root of this entire despute, but now Jones claims he’s over it (via Twitter):
Adesanya was quick to reply to Jones on social media. He doubled down on his previous comments, but brought forward what he claims is evidence of the first comments from Jones, which were said to TMZ Sports in the aftermath of Adesanya’s UFC 234 victory over Anderson Silva (via Twitter):
Adesanya isn’t the only one who sees the timing as off for Jones vs. Adesanya. UFC President Dana White said post-fight at UFC 236 that it could happen one day, but the stars are very far from aligning.
Jones is currently scheduled to defend his 205-pound belt against Thiago “Marreta” Santos at UFC 239 in July, while Adesanya is looking at a middleweight title unifier with Robert Whittaker in the second half of this year.
Jones can add another UFC title-fight victory to his legendary resume against Santos, and he reiterated that’s what is holding his focus, and not Adesanya (via Twitter):
- Israel Adesanya fires back at Jon Jones: 'I’m everything he wished he could've been'
- Robert Whittaker: Israel Adesanya should be 'very worried' after being 'exploited' at UFC 236
- Nikita Krylov hoping to be ranked after UFC 236 finish – and fight Jon Jones eventually
Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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