The rivalry between Jon Jones and Israel Adesanya became more and more heated for a while, and a potential match between two top fighters was mentioned. Adesanya sovereignly rules the UFC middleweight division, and Jon Jones is the greatest fighter in the light heavyweight division history, and by many the greatest fighter ever.
However, there was no mutual reckoning. Jones defeated Dominic Reyes in the title fight in early 2020, after which he left the category and opted to move to the heavyweight division. As for Adesanya, he attacked the light heavyweight title last year, but Jan Blachowicz defeated him by unanimous decision.
The fight between Adesanya and Jones no longer seems like a reality, but Adesanya still believes that this fight must happen, that is, that the match against Jones must be part of his fighting story.
Israel Adesanya on Jon Jones
"He should move up in weight first [before we fight].
Go fight Francis [Ngannou], or even, like, I don’t know, stop being on TMZ. Get his life together." Jones has been announcing a return to the heavyweight division for a long time and often publishes videos from his training sessions.
"Bones" wants to gain significant muscle mass before moving to a higher category, but the impression is that he is constantly delaying and postponing his debut, and in the meantime, various scandals are happening outside the cage.
Adesanya hopes Jones will finally settle down and return to fighting. "This is facts, or am I saying anything that’s not true? Just get his s*** together first, like [Daniel Cormier] said, and yeah, start fighting again, because there’s no fight if someone’s not fighting.
I’m the one fighting, I’m staying active, I moved up in weight – not just talking about it. I’m going to do it again. Cementing my own legacy. I’m just worried about me right now. That’s the thing."
Adesanya is facing a match against Jared Cannonier for the middleweight title this weekend. As for Jones, there were rumors of his return in the ninth month of this year, but that story quickly subsided and there were no official confirmations.