The ongoing war of words between UFC legend Jon Jones and Middleweight Champion Israel Adesanya has heated up once again after the latter defended his title against Paulo Costa at UFC 253. After leaving the light heavyweight division, Jon Jones has had plans of moving up the heavyweight division to fight. Perhaps Stipe Miocic and has surely grabbed the attention of other fighters from different weight divisions as well.
After defeating Costa via 2nd round- TKO, Adesanya was asked about the possibility of moving up to 205 pounds. Especially now that there’s a new champion in place after Jan Blachowicz knocked out Dominick Reyes in the UFC 253 co-main event via TKO as well.
“Maybe, but I’ll have to ask [head coach] Eugene [Bareman],” Adesanya answered when asked about moving up to 205 pounds to pursue a second title at the UFC 253 post fight press conference. “But like what I said about Anderson Silva — Anderson Silva defended this belt so many times in the middleweight division and then he went up to light heavyweight for little shows.
Adesanya went onto say, “I just wanted to f**k up Jon Jones and I still will. But I’ll just have to talk to Eugene cause even he talked about Stipe Miocic and other things. So yeah, everything’s open. Cheddar makes it better.”
Jon Jones responds to Israel Adesanya’s call out
Jones fired back, pointing out Adesanya’s considerable combat sports experience and apparent hesitance in committing to a fight.
“You’ve stepped into the ring over 100 times now, and you’re still not ready!?” Jones wrote on Instagram. “You have a youth advantage and like four times the fighting experience. The truth is you’re already my p*ssy, you love being undefeated and you’ve seen what’s happened to everyone else. It raises your stock to mention my name, you’re aware of this.
“You don’t want real confrontation with me, I’m not gonna just stand there and kickbox with you. I’ve been preparing for heavyweights, right around now I would literally tear one of your arms off.”
Adesanya has already said that he’s moving forward at middleweight while targeting Jared Cannonier as his next opponent.
Considering the bad blood between their championship pedigree, a fight between Jones and Adesanya would definitely be big business for the UFC.