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Jon Jones Vows to ‘Slap the First Ten People’ at Anime Conventions

Published 09/29/2020, 7:49 AM EDT

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Jon Jones is developing a reputation as the Kanye West of MMA. They both consider themselves the greatest in what they do, and both have bizarre Twitter rants. While Jones’ tweets aren’t as outlandish as Ye’s, they seem quite odd sometimes. Jones loves speaking his mind, and Twitter is seemingly his prime outlet.

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Jones has been especially active on Twitter this fight weekend, as the man to replace him as light heavyweight champion was crowned. Jan Blachowicz called Jones out, and even that has led to its fair share of Twitter drama.

A bizarre addition to Jones’ tweets of calling out the most dangerous fighters in the world was an odd threat to all anime fans. Jones, in a quite out-of-pocket way, lived up to his Kanye comparisons with a bizarre tweet about slapping people at anime conventions.


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While the hatred for anime may seem sudden, it isn’t so. Jones shared similar aggressive feelings towards the fans of anime during his Twitter exchanges with Israel Adesanya. Jones literally seemed offended by the fact that a massive anime nerd like Adesanya is a top-level MMA fighter. He balked at Adesanya making his way to the pantheon of MMA greats, all because of his anime fandom.

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Jon Jones’s dislike for anime has become even more abundant. However, anime references don’t escape MMA at all. A large chunk of the top fighters right now would profess their love for anime in a heartbeat.


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A lot of fighters end up in MMA because they catch the love of fighting after watching it on anime shows. Outside Adesanya, even Roxanne Modafferi and Alex Caceres are massive anime fans. The members of the anime fan community are known as weeaboos.


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Adesanya is probably the flag-bearer of anime and nerd culture infiltrating the world of MMA. His UFC 248 walk-out was literally a tribute to Naruto, one of the most popular animes in the world. That was the final walkout we saw with fans still in the stands, so it seems even more historic now. Meanwhile, Jon Jones weeps in anger over the anime and MMA crossover.


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Written by:

Ishaan Bhattacharya


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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.
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