Israel Adesanya Takes a Brutal Shot at Return-Bound Jon Jones Before Title Defense: “People Who End Up on TMZ”

Published 06/20/2022, 11:30 AM EDT
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – SEPTEMBER 27: Israel Adesanya of Nigerian is interviewed after defeating Paulo Costa of Brazil in their middleweight championship bout during UFC 253 inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on September 27, 2020 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC)

The rivalry between middleweight champion, Israel Adesanya, and former light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones, seems never-ending, as the pair continue to take shots at each other in their media appearances.

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‘The Last Stylebender’ appeared recently in an interview with The Rock where he talked about his lifestyle since fame, upcoming fights, and other interesting things.

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While talking about his current lifestyle, where he sits among the famous people in the industry, Izzy slid a nasty dig on his nemesis, Jon Jones. He said, “I am living the crazy life, man, and it is crazy. I am still learning, I am still human. And I make mistakes. But I never make the same mistake more than once. I learn from my mistakes. That’s the difference between me and all the people who end up on TMZ.”

‘Bones’ is in the headlines several times for the things outside of the UFC octagon. Hence, Adesanya’s TMZ reference might be a sneaky dig at Jones’s situation.

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Further in the interview, host Bryce Casey jokingly asked Adesanya if the TMZ name rhymes with Mon Hones, to which he replied by saying, “It could be like that.”

‘Bones’ is yet to make his heavyweight debut after he vacated the light heavyweight title in 2020. Meanwhile, the middleweight kingpin is preparing for his next bout.

UFC 275: Israel Adesanya vs. Jared Cannonier

After successfully defending his title four times in the promotion, ‘The Last Stylebender’ will be back in action for his fifth title defense.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 07: Israel Adesanya of Nigeria celebrates after defeating Yoel Romero of Cuba in their UFC middleweight championship fight during the UFC 248 event at T-Mobile Arena on March 07, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

He will take on the number two ranked fighter, Jared Cannonier, in the main event of UFC 276 on July 2, 2022. The pay-per-view will take place inside the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada, Las Vegas.

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Besides this headlining middleweight title fight, UFC 276 also features a featherweight title bout between Alexander Volkanovski and Max Holloway in the co-main event.

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Also, the fight card of the event reflects many amazing bouts. Hence, this pay-per-view will serve as a delightful treat for the fight fans.

What are your thoughts on the UFC 275 fight card? What do you guys think about Adesanya’s jibe at Jones? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Afnan Chougle

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Afnan Chougle is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. Besides writing, this Media graduate is an integral part of the digital web stories team for combat sports. Before joining EssentiallySports, Afnan gained valuable experience as an intern at Jiostudios Production House.

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