Israel Adesanya made sure no one would steal the spotlight from him during the biggest win of his career. Days after staying silent, the Kiwi fighter is now firing back on his critics.
In a classic barnburner showdown, Adesanya showed more composure to survive Kelvin Gastelum in five thrilling rounds.
Winning six straight fights since his UFC debut, the “Last Stylebender” has captured the interim middleweight belt to earn a shot at the undisputed title against Robert Whittaker.
In the post-fight presser, Adesanya decided to avoid questions regarding a potential clash between Jon Jones.
He said he would address them at another time, emphasising that the moment was just about him and Gastelum.
The UFC light heavyweight champion immediately took to Twitter to respond to Izzy’s comments. He told Adesanya that “this is about you now” while criticising him for almost getting beaten by a wrestler.
Now, it is time for the rising UFC star to clap back.
LONGEST ACTIVE @UFC WIN STREAKS – Middleweight
8 – Robert Whittaker
6⃣ – Israel Adesanya
5 – Antonio Carlos Junior
4 – Paulo Costa pic.twitter.com/ksN2fXoGNA
— UFC News (@UFCNews) April 14, 2019
Adesanya Has Responded To Jones
Adesanya’s feud with the light heavyweight kingpin started when he told the media that he wants to hunt another MMA GOAT, after defeating Anderson Silva at UFC 234.
This remark did not sit well with Jones. He challenged the middleweight star to fight the ‘King of the Jungle’ and vowed to make him “call me daddy by the third.”
Jones was at it again last weekend, slamming Adesanya for ducking questions about a potential superfight between them.
In an interview with Ariel Helwani on Monday, Adesanya finally broke his silence and had some harsh words for “Bones.” (Transcript from MMA Junkie)
“Jon Jones, he literally just reminds me of what I’ve hated most in life, and that’s bullies,”
“Literally he’s a jock, he’s a cock, and he’s a (expletive). He’s picking the right time. He’s a smart boy. He knows I’m a challenge.”
“Jon Jones likes to look for challenges because there’s a reason. He’s started all this.”
“He’s the one that came out openly and called me out and said, ‘I’d like to fight Israel Adesanya.’”
“I’m Everything He Wished He Could’ve Been”
Adesanya cleared that Jones has to wait until he is ready and after he gets past through other top-notched fighters at 185.
“He’s trying to jump the gun and get me out early,”
“That’s (expletive) up. I’ve got ‘Jacare’ (Souza), (Yoel) Romero and other middleweights I’ve got to get through.”
“Hopefully, if ‘Jacare’ gets through ‘The Joker’ (Jack Hermansson), and I get through Robert, that’ll be the fight. I’ve got all these guys to get past.”
“I’m everything he wished he could’ve been when he first came into the UFC.”
“‘I want to be Nike-sponsored and praise God’ then (he does cocaine). That was him literally.”
“He was crashing and (doing) steroids and hiding under the cage and all that (expletive).”
“I was a fan. At UFC 94, I watched him (expletive) up Stephan Bonnar, and I was like, ‘Holy (expletive), this mother(expletive) is amazing.”
— SPORTS USA (@sportsusa_net) April 15, 2019
Admitting he still has a lot to learn, Adesanya stressed he needs to beat other big names in the competition before he can face Jones in the Octagon.
“I could fight him right now, and I’ll give him work, but I want to fight him when I know I can (expletive) him up.
“I’m still learning. My guard game is still getting dirty. If he wants to stand up, I’ll (expletive) him up. His stand-up is (expletive) to me.”
“Look at the way he fought against (Anthony) Smith. No thanks.’
“Right now he’s the best pound-for-pound, right? I’m a Player One. He’s the final boss in the game.”
“I still got some people to beat, some bosses to beat in between.”
(Featured Image Source: Instagram/Israel Adesanya and Jon Jones)