Jon Jones has spent his career dominating the light heavyweight division, but lately it seems like it’s all middleweights who want a piece of “Bones”.
Recently, former middleweight champion Luke Rockhold has been vocal about his belief that he’s the man to oust Jones from his 205-pound perch. Last week, ahead of his interim title winning performance against Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 236, Israel Adesanya called out Jones saying he was “hunting GOATs”. And now the current middleweight champion is also throwing his name in the hat to take on arguably the greatest fighter of all time.
Speaking yesterday with Submission Radio, Robert Whittaker suggested that after he beats Adesanya, he and Jones will be in a similar place - having cleaned out their divisions - and that a superfight would make sense.
“He’s kind of cleaned out his division,” Whittaker said. “It’s one of those things. We’ll have to wait and see. I’m gonna fight Adesanya, then I’ll be a little free myself.
“I’d definitely move up, not down. But if he’s looking for opponents, that’s a fight. That’s a great fight.”
It’s an interesting idea, and one that has scarcely been considered, despite a number of other middleweight contenders moving up and having success at light heavyweight. Part of that is probably because of Whittaker’s history as a welterweight, but it also hasn’t been on the radar because Whittaker has not pushed for it, something he says makes more sense to consider now that he’s on the cusp of beating most of the top guys at 185 pounds.
“Well, while I was making my run through the middleweight division and fighting in the division, it was very hard for me to plan outside of the division,” Whittaker said. “Obviously, all my focus has been on the division and doing work there and making waves and making moves there, but seeing Jon Jones looking for opponents and then idea of moving up, I don’t hate that idea.”
Perhaps he should. Jones’ record against former middleweights is a sterling 3-0, with the chance to move to 4-0 when he takes on Thiago Santos at UFC 239 this July. But, as you might expect, Whittaker thinks he could be the one to put an end to that winning streak.
“Yeah man, why not?” Whittaker asked. “I think I could just give him a run for his money. I surprise a lot of people and I’m full of tricks. I think the intensity I bring into a fight is something that a lot of people aren’t prepared for. But he’s a great fighter, he’s super, super dangerous. I’m under no illusion how hard it would be, and yeah, I think it would be fun.”
And as for Adesanya? Coming off his interim title win, “The Last Stylebender” has been getting all the attention from Jones at this moment. But Whittaker thinks a fight between them would be over before it began.
“I think Jon Jones would kill him [laughs],” Whittaker said. “Yeah, I think it’s silly, but then Israel just kind of take jabs and bites out of everyone, doesn’t he? Yeah, he’s got a big mouth.”
Whittaker and Adesanya will unify their middleweight titles later this year. After that, the winner may well get their wish and get a chance to face Jones.
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SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE
DC is mad.
Ur stupid right in the last 15 months I’ve fought four times across two weight divisions you fucking idiot. Im actually #1 https://t.co/GwsOUexebM— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) April 18, 2019
I think Max represented the belt extremely well. At the same time, I’m happy to see DP achieve his goal. https://t.co/c9MKflyWt6— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) April 17, 2019
I’m sure I will. I’ll probably do the majority of my competitions when I retire from MMA. https://t.co/SGKGK5P7jT— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) April 17, 2019
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At the end of his career, the UFC should give Jon an honorary middleweight title.
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