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Jon Jones predicts Jan Blachowicz will knock out Israel Adesanya at UFC 259

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

The greatest light heavyweight in UFC history has given his prediction for one of the division’s biggest fights.

Two-time undisputed UFC champion Jon Jones tweeted—and then quickly deleted—how he expects the UFC 259 superfight main event between reigning light heavyweight titleholder Jan Blachowicz and middleweight champion Israel Adesanya will unfold, writing simply, “Jan by KO.”

Adesanya is attempting to become just the fifth champion to hold titles in two divisions simultaneously when he jumps up to 205 pounds on Saturday. He has been in a long-running feud with Jones and it was once thought that Adesanya’s light heavyweight move would result in an inevitable in-cage clash with Jones, but Jones is currently working on his own jump up a division to heavyweight.

It hasn’t always been cordial between Jones and Blachowicz either. The Polish star called for a shot at Jones after defeating Dominick Reyes at UFC 253 in September to claim a vacant light heavyweight crown. Blachowicz has also said that he thinks Jones’s heavyweight move may have been motivated by him not wanting to face Blachowicz, and suggested that somewhere down the road he may chase down Jones at heavyweight.

Jones’ now-deleted prediction didn’t provide any detail on why he expects Blachowicz to put Adesanya away inside the distance, but it’s not surprising that he would take a jab at Adesanya so close to fight night given their history.

UFC President Dana White has expressed enthusiasm over the possibility of a Jones-Adesanya matchup, but recently said it’s unlikely the two will fight anytime soon.