Israel Adesanya and his Beef with Jon Jones

Published 06/10/2021, 3:25 PM EDT
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – OCTOBER 06: Israel Adesanya of Nigeria celebrates after his knockout victory over Robert Whittaker of New Zealand in their UFC middleweight championship fight during the UFC 243 event at Marvel Stadium on October 06, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


The UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya is defending his middleweight title again at UFC 263 against Marvin Vettori. They share a lot of animosity between them, and it’s of a similar intensity to Adesanya’s beef with the former light heavyweight champion Jon Jones.

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They engaged in routine fights on Twitter and posted a lot of scathing tweets. There were mentions of Adesanya being knocked out, Jon Jones’ arrests and USADA violations, and all the other controversies from their past.

Jones asked Adesanya to fight him multiple times, but the middleweight champion was keen on defending his middleweight belt and clearing out the division first. Their rivalry dates back to 2019 and has seen several tweets and interview quotes during its time.

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Fans had seen both fighters going back and forth on multiple occasions. Jones criticized Adesanya for his fights against Yoel Romero and his inability to fight him, while Adesanya referenced his drug abuse and infringements on the wrong side of the law.

As a result, there was a lot of talk about Adesanya moving up to face Jones. However, the fight never materialized. Jones has since moved up to heavyweight and has put on a lot of weight. On the other hand, Adesanya tried moving up to light heavyweight and challenge the champion Jan Blachowicz for the title.

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The move turned out to be a disaster for the Nigerian fighter. Adesanya weighed significantly lighter than Blachowicz on the day of the weigh-ins. Nothing changed on the day of the fight, and the big Jan Blachowicz was looking bigger than ever before.

The first two rounds were close, with Adesanya trying to use his offense to stifle the Polish powerhouse. However, Blachowicz came into his own in the later rounds of the fight and took ‘The Last Stylebender’ down at will. All three judges gave the fight to Blachowicz.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 06: Jan Blachowicz of Poland celebrates after his victory over Israel Adesanya of Nigeria in their UFC light heavyweight championship fight during the UFC 259 event at UFC APEX on March 06, 2021, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

On the other hand, Adesanya had lost all of his momentum. All hopes of a possible fight against Jon Jones were squashed until he could put on some weight. However, they still engage in some trash-talk from time to time and haven’t buried the hatchet.

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for MMA and the UFC in general to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Chael Sonnen and 'The Count' Michael Bisping as his favorite fighters, but he is a great admirer of the rise of Israel Adesanya ever since he fought Rob Wilkinson at UFC 221.

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