‘I Don’t Think We’re Ever Going to See Jon Jones Fight at Heavyweight’- Israel Adesanya Still Believes the Fight With Jon Jones Will Happen

Published 08/18/2021, 4:08 AM EDT
ATLANTA, GA – APRIL 12: UFC middleweight Israel Adesanya of Nigeria gestures to the crowd during the UFC 236 weigh-in at State Farm Arena on April 12, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Israel Adesanya and Jon Jones are two of the biggest superstars in the entire UFC roster. While Adesanya is the current middleweight champion, Jones has vacated his light-heavyweight throne as he is looking to capture the heavyweight gold next.

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A fight between the two superstars was teased for a while, not so long ago. Fans anticipated the duo to clash inside the Octagon. To add to the smoke, both men went after each other with some constant taunts for a considerable period. However, Jones’ decision to move up to heavyweight, and Adesanya’s loss at light-heavyweight, meant that fight didn’t transpire.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 07: Israel Adesanya waits during his decision win over Yoel Romero to retain the middleweight title at T-Mobile Arena on March 07, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Now, ‘The Last Stylebender’, who recently appeared at the relaunch of The MMA Hour show with Ariel Helwani, discussed a potential clash against Jon ‘Bones’ Jones.

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Israel Adesanya is still convinced he will fight Jon Jones

Adesanya believes Jones will never fight at heavyweight. The Kiwi star thinks the former 205 lbs champion is getting fat for no reason. He is also sanguine that he will eventually meet Jones at the center of the UFC Octagon.

I don’t think we’re ever going to see Jon Jones fight at heavyweight. F*ck, he’s been saying this since 2013. You either get it done or you don’t,” said Adesanya. (h/t MMAFighting)

The middleweight champion also instanced his move up to light-heavyweight. Despite his loss, Adesanya earned props for his bold move. ‘The Last Stylebender’ believes it’s not everyone’s cup of tea and Jones is putting on weight for no reason.

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LAS VEGAS, NV – JULY 06: Jon Jones waits in his corner prior to his UFC light heavyweight championship fight during the UFC 239 event at T-Mobile Arena on July 6, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC)

Also, he has not given up hopes of a potential showdown against the consensus greatest UFC fighter of all time. “I see it. I see it 100 percent. But that’s the thing. You’ve got to know when to hold them, you’ve got to know when to fold them, and the song is not over yet,” said Adesanya.

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So stay tuned. We’ll fight one day. I don’t know where or how it’s going to happen. I just have an idea of what’s going to happen,” concluded the UFC middleweight champion.

A fight between him and Jones will be one of the biggest clashes in the promotion’s history. Do you think UFC fans will get to witness this historic clash?

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Apratim Banerjee

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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