Earlier this month, UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya failed in his attempt to move up to light heavyweight and claim a second title, losing a unanimous decision to Jan Blachowicz at UFC 259. Following his defeat, fans lamented the loss of the potential Adesanya-JonJones superfight that the UFC was ostensibly building towards; however, earlier this week, Adesanya insisted that the feud was not over. Well, Jon Jones disagrees.
In an interview with ESPN, Adesanya told Jones to “take your little victory lap, because you’re one of those people that likes to take joy in another man’s demise,” and Thursday, Jones responded to the interview, seemingly doing just that.
“It’s deeper than fighting now” pic.twitter.com/6Im7Emr00r— BONY (@JonnyBones) March 18, 2021
Ariel Helwani asked him one question about me, Izzy went on to give a seven minute response I love it when opponents realize they can’t hold my jockstrap and default to the “Jon Jones is fake” defense. https://t.co/4p874XRqPC— BONY (@JonnyBones) March 18, 2021
The fact that he is actually trying to keep this beef going is hilarious— BONY (@JonnyBones) March 18, 2021
This dude backed himself into a corner with his mouth and is actually trying to keep the wolf tickets selling. Only a real anime fan could actually see Izzy somehow defeating me at 245 pounds. https://t.co/SqELPCkxIK— BONY (@JonnyBones) March 18, 2021
Dudes claiming to be the best MMA fighter ever, with 1/3 of an MMA game arrogance at its finest, I swear it will make you blind.— BONY (@JonnyBones) March 18, 2021
Jones and Adesanya having been beefing for well over a year now. What initially started as both men stating in interviews that they would be interested in fighting one another some day, quickly turned personal and the feud grew from there.
Jones began lobbying for a fight with Adesanya when “The Last Stylebender” won the middleweight belt but Adesanya stated he wanted to defend his title a few times before making the move up to 205 pounds. Ultimately, Jones ended up vacating his own title to move up to heavyweight but that face seemingly didn’t bother Adesanya, who planned to win the light heavyweight title and then pursue Jones up to heavyweight. The loss to Blachowicz has, at least for now, halted those plans. Instead, Adesanya is plans to return to the middleweight division and defend his title again, while UFC President Dana White has said that Jones will get a heavyweight title shot against the winner of Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou II.
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SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE
A father's son. A journey completed. pic.twitter.com/YEzNzy1vzh— UFC (@ufc) March 19, 2021
Just a boy from the mountains... pic.twitter.com/GiWa56ySJQ— UFC (@ufc) March 19, 2021
Congratulations @TeamKhabib Peace be with you brother. I want to visit Dagestan someday soon. https://t.co/mKHJEnWCZS— Max Holloway (@BlessedMMA) March 19, 2021
March 19, 2021
Enough Said. Only this it’s a finish #AndStill https://t.co/JRXqH0gkKL pic.twitter.com/2nINSqxvNM— KAMARU USMAN (@USMAN84kg) March 19, 2021
We looking for June!— GILBERT BURNS DURINHO (@GilbertDurinho) March 18, 2021
2 guys said yes! Colby said no!
I said yes for both waiting for the UFC now @AliAbdelaziz00 #TheComeBack
I don’t want slap this guy for free, even though he deserves! But if he keep saying no to fight me, I might have to ♂️— GILBERT BURNS DURINHO (@GilbertDurinho) March 18, 2021
Eu não quero bater nesse cara na rua e de graça, msm ele merecendo. Mas se ele continuar negando lutar comigo, acho q vou ter q fazer isso ♂️ @ColbyCovMMA pic.twitter.com/PT7UGEzUiZ
@danhardymma @bareknucklefc i turned down broadcasting to fight myself for @danawhite Fuck talking about fighting when you can fight. Let’s trade bitch @BKFFeldman— phil baroni (@philbaroni) March 18, 2021
Yeah, but you can’t fight. We’ve known that for years.— Dan Hardy (@danhardymma) March 18, 2021
You call me out once a week, bro. It’s getting old. https://t.co/ubU0O7U5Zx
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Cody Garbrandt (12-3) vs. Rob Font (18-4); UFC Fight Night, May 22.
Charles Oliveira (30-8) vs. Michael Chandler (22-5); UFC 262, May 15.
Lara Procopio (7-1) vs. Casey O’Neill (6-0); UFC Fight Night, June 19.
Anthony Hernandez (8-2) vs. Punahele Soriano (8-0); UFC Fight Night, June 26.
Well, it took four months but the UFC (Dana White) finally accepted that they won’t be able to bring Khabib back. Good for him, a shame for us.
Thanks for reading, enjoy the fights, and see y’all on Monday.
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