Over the last several weeks, the spread of coronavirus has completely shut down the sports world. Even the UFC was finally forced to cave in to outside pressure and indefinitely postpone all of their scheduled events. So fighters, like the rest of the world, are in lockdown, with nothing but time and an empty calendar. And given all this free time, it’s unsurprising that one of 2019’s biggest MMA feuds was reignited over the weekend.
Last year, UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and middleweight champion Israel Adesanya spent much of the year lobbing shots at one another across the media. What started out as a simple desire to fight one another quickly devolved into one of the most acrimonious feuds in the sport and though the things have been mostly quiet between the two recently, yesterday “The Last Stylebender” blew all that up but taking a shot at Jones on Twitter, with a call back line to one of Jones’ most infamous faux pas.
Not too long afterwards, Jones responded to Adesanya with a pair of since-deleted Tweets, one a picture of Adesanya’s lone KO loss in kickboxing, and the other a statement lamenting the fact that he is judged for his outside-the-cage troubles, but that Adesanya isn’t mentioning the charitable work he does.
Jones has recently been vocal about providing charitable services during this global pandemic. However, in a much more high profile incident, Jones was recently arrested yet again, this time for aggravated DWI and negligent use of a firearm. He quickly plead guilty and received a four-day house arrest as well as one year of probation, topics Adesanya was quick to bring up in responding to Jones, including a Tweet where he included some of the footage of Jones during his arrest.
Did he do a post & delete Dwight?— Israel Adesanya (@stylebender) April 13, 2020
I been ko’d once and I never made that mistake again.
How many times you been arrested?
How many times you pissed hot?
How many times you had your belt taken off you? (someone answer these)
You never learn you PulsingPictoPussy. pic.twitter.com/qYhEgnWwlm
Jones has yet to respond to Adesanya and it’s possible he may not. The UFC light heavyweight champion recently admitted to having an “unhealthy relationship” with alcohol and appears to be trying to put his latest legal trouble behind him. But whether Adesanya will let him is another question entirely. Adesanya has been targeting a fight against Jones in 2021, after defending his middleweight title a few times. And with one title defense down and 2021 rapidly approaching, it seems Adesanya is intent on keeping that fight fresh in everyone’s mind.
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Also, Jon on his drinking.
Yes, I guess my character gets too drunk when he drinks. I’m not going to allow that to outweigh all the awesome things about myself. Some people only focus on what they want I guess. I focus on my good traits, that’s probably the reason why I thrive every year https://t.co/2z6R8ebz42— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) April 13, 2020
Good guy Dustin Poirier.
Hope everyone is having a Happy & Safe Easter Sunday!— The Good Fight Foundation (@TheGoodFightFDN) April 13, 2020
Thank you to everyone who played a role in making today possible!
Big thanks to our #healthcareheroes for working so hard during this difficult time #fightthegoodfight pic.twitter.com/vZSBLOjkNf
And good guy Conor.
Some of our hospitals ❤️ pic.twitter.com/yIlrdhI76z— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) April 12, 2020
Tony is cutting weight for a cancelled fight because . . . reasons.
Gilbert Burns still trying to fight everybody.
Now there’s an idea.
Angela Hill went for it with the Easter eggs.
Darren Till is really on one.
What time is everyone getting out of bed these days? Are we the only ones that are living like it’s Christmas week— michael (@bisping) April 12, 2020
Out of bed 2pm— Darren Till (@darrentill2) April 12, 2020
Few hours of
Asleep by 7pm
Awake again around 12-1am
Awake all night
Back asleep by about 5am
I just got done watching the weirdest thing in my life.— Darren Till (@darrentill2) April 13, 2020
Involved 3 men, 2 girls, a tennis racket & a microphone.
Boss Logic made Fight Island.
Thanks for reading and see y’all tomorrow.
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