Jon Jones and Israel Adesanya are two of the biggest names currently on the UFC roster. Despite being in different positions in their career, the two are aiming to aim for a second world title in 2021. Amidst the same, they also have a heated rivalry between them. Thus, a fight between the two sits atop the wishlist of many fight fans for 2021. However, UFC President Dana White feels it is still very far away.
Talking to ESPN, White outlined all the pieces that have to fall in place for those two to get inside the Octagon. While Adesanya will fight Jan Blachowicz for the light heavyweight title, Jones is gunning for a shot at heavyweight gold. Add to that the fact that the long-time 205-pounds champ isn’t the next contender in line for a title shot.
All this makes the UFC supremo believe that no one should hold their breath for a between the two in the immediate future.
“I’m not even thinking past these fights. Normally you’d be like he would fight him and this guy would do this, but with Jon Jones moving up to heavyweight, I don’t know,” White said.
“Then there’s all the talk between him and Adesanya. I don’t wanna get too excited. I don’t wanna talk about it. Adesanya still has to fight Jan [Blachowicz], which is a tough fight, and Jones is at heavyweight. There’s so many massive hurdles that these guys have to get over. So don’t even get yourself excited thinking about Jon Jones vs [Israel] Adesanya.”
The whole conversation of a fight between Jones and Adesanya gained traction after the two took their beef to social media. There were days when the two would go back-and-forth on Twitter for prolonged instances of time. While the two have been off each other’s back for the past some time, Adesanya’s cover photo on Twitter is still a reminder that his beef with Jones is far from over.
The logical conclusion for the fighters, fans, and the UFC is for the two to settle their score inside the Octagon. The most obvious hurdle to the same is the difference in their weight classes. Adesanya is the middleweight champ who is moving up twenty pounds in weight. Meanwhile, Jones has been bulking up to fight the big boys of the UFC roster.
As far as Dana White is concerned, he would like to see that fight take place in light heavyweight. However, Jones said a while ago that he doesn’t plan on moving down to 205-pounds ever again. Although, they could fight at heavyweight, which ‘The Last Stylebender’ doesn’t mind. However, light heavyweight should be the one which would the most favored for both of them.
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