The king of the middleweights, Israel Adesanya, never fails to take a jibe at his opponents in his own eccentric way. Right from Paulo Costa to Jon Jones, the list goes on. However, this time around he crossed paths with Jones’ & Jorge Masvidal‘s manager, Malki Kawa– CEO of First Round Management.
‘The Last Stylebender‘ took to his Twitter account and posted screenshots of Kawa sliding into his DMs back in 2016 when Adesanya was plying his trade in China.
As per Ariel Helwani’s social media post, Adesanya will serve as an analyst alongside “Sugar” Ray Leonard & Al Bernstein at Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr boxing match. Kawa saw the post and commented, ‘‘Good stuff. (Jorge Masvidal) turned it down.”
He deleted the comment, but the middleweight champion was quick enough to spot it beforehand. ‘Stylebender’ shared a couple of photos on his Twitter, one was about the deleted comment he spotted wherein the other one was of Kawa getting into his DMs for his representation.
Kawa texted Adesanya back in 2016, “Whats up brotha, I rep guys like bones condit Pettis etc…Would love to talk to you when you get a chance.”
In 2018, once Adesanya had entered the UFC, Kawa texted him once more. He wrote, “What’s good brotha…FYI I represent bones, Woodley and dj, as well as a bunch of other top fighters…you got ‘IT’. Do you have a manager? If not I’d like to discuss the future with you…”
The UFC middleweight champion wrote, “A quick post and delete. Glad I left him on seen. Don’t be a clout trout.”
Talking to BT Sport, UFC President Dana White confirmed that ‘Stylebender’ would move up to fight for the light-heavyweight title against Jan Blachowicz. There are no official contracts signed by either party, but it’s rumored to be booked in 2021.
The seems to be the first step in Adesanya’s pursuit of his long-time antagonist and UFC Legend, Jon Jones. The latter is planning to compete in the heavyweight division after vacating his 205 lb title. ‘Stylebender’ feels that Jones fears confronting him, but he believes he’ll chase him down one day.
Should Adesanya defend his middleweight title a few more times before moving up to light-heavyweight? How will he fare against Blachowicz? Can we expect insane disses from him against the light heavyweight champion akin to his responses to Malki Kawa?
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