But Jones is now set to move to heavyweight and has relinquished his throne. Adesanya will fight the current champion of the 205 lbs division Jan Blachowicz in March at UFC 259.
Dana White recently expressed his wish of making that much-anticipated fight between Jones and Adesanya happen, in an interview with ESPN. But Jones isn’t convinced that Adesanya actually wants to fight him.
In an interview last December, Jones wrote, “The Izzy fight, if it happens, it happens. I wanted to fight a long time ago, and I feel like he already showed me his true colors. He said he needed time to clear his division, and he said he didn’t want to be the Canelo to my Mayweather.
“I moved to heavyweight and he immediately came to the light heavyweight division. If that doesn’t show signs of a man who just doesn’t want to fight… I’m not going to waste energy focusing on him,” added ‘Bones’.
“I feel like beating him doesn’t do that much for my legacy. I feel like beating a Stipe Miocic, there’s nothing bigger than that,” he concluded.
Jones is expected to make his highly anticipated heavyweight debut in 2021. The former light-heavyweight king will get a title shot straight away. Stipe Miocic vs Francis Ngannou will probably take place in April, with Jones facing the eventual winner of that fight.
Jones is one of the most decorated fighters ever to step foot inside the Octagon. The expectations are sky-high for him in the heavyweight division. But the challenge will not be easy, even for him.
How Jones fares at heavyweight after making the 205 lbs division his kingdom shall be seen. What do you make of his comments on Israel Adesanya? Let us know below.
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