‘Your Boy Has No Take Down Defense’- Jon Jones Shuts Door on Israel Adesanya Super Fight After His First MMA Loss

Published 03/11/2021, 4:30 AM EST
HOUSTON, TEXAS – FEBRUARY 08: Jon Jones in his fight against Dominick Reyes in their UFC Light Heavyweight Championship bout during UFC 247 at Toyota Center on February 08, 2020 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)


Former UFC 205-pound champion, Jon Jones, took to Twitter and laid into Israel Adesanya’s coach for his recent comments. Chiefly, Eugene Bareman went on the record to say that Jon Jones knows that ‘Izzy’ is the biggest star in MMA. Moreover, the implication he put forth was that ‘Bones’ would be the one chasing Adesanya for a potential super fight.

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However, Jon Jones wasn’t having it and went after Bareman for his comments by referencing Adesanya’s recent bout. ‘The Last Stylebender’ fell to Jan Blachowicz and failed to capture the light heavyweight title in his move up at UFC 259. The loss came in as Adesanya’s first in MMA and snapped a 20-fight unbeaten streak.

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Jon Jones takes aim at Israel Adesanya and his team

‘Bones’ Jones brought up Adesanya’s recent defeat and the manner in which he was done in by Jan. The Polish champion used his size and strength advantage to take Israel down at will to secure the decision victory. Jones went on to say that his newly minted heavyweight frame and wrestling credentials would be enough to smother Israel Adesanya.

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It’s not a stretch to draw this conclusion, especially after seeing what went down at the Apex Facility. Not to mention, Jones has bulked up considerably, and he’s truly grown into his frame as a heavyweight whilst retaining his speed. As for Israel Adesanya, he isn’t particularly bulky and his frame is clearly optimal at middleweight.

After watching Israel Adesanya stumble against Jan Blachowicz, there’s a considerable down-turn in interest for a Jones vs Adesanya fight. However, if the fight eventually comes together, then fans will most definitely tune in for a scrap.

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 Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC)

Furthermore, both men have work to do before they can turn their attention towards facing each other. Israel Adesanya will be looking to etch a dominant title defense at middleweight as soon as a new contender emerges. As for Jones, he’ll be preparing for his first assignment as a UFC heavyweight that is due sometime in 2021 against perhaps Francis Ngannou or Stipe Miocic.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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