Jon Jones Says Israel Adesanya Fight Not Interesting Anymore for Him

Published 01/12/2021, 9:37 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NV – JULY 06: Jon Jones enters the octagon in 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)


Jon Jones and Israel Adesanya have grown a considerable amount of beef between them. There have been talks of the former light-heavyweight champion ‘Bones‘ fighting ‘Stylebender’ in a super fight.

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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.

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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.

PERTH, AUSTRALIA – FEBRUARY 11: Israel Adesanya of Nigeria celebrates his victory over Rob Wilkinson of Australia in their middleweight bout during the UFC 221 event at Perth Arena on February 11, 2018, in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

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.

Jon Jones will make his heavyweight debut in 2021

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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.

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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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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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