UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has unloaded another barrage of attacks on Israel Adesanya.
Things have turned bitter between the two UFC stars since the interim middleweight champion opened up about his goal to hunt MMA GOATs.
Jones is arguably one of the greatest mixed martial artists of all-time, and Adesanya’s comments have triggered the pound-for-pound king.
In an ugly Twitter feud last April, Jones criticized the Kiwi-Nigerian’s performance against Kelvin Gastelum, where Adesanya had to dig deep in his arsenal to escape with a narrow decision win.
Three months after Adesanya survived Gastelum in a thrilling war, Jones outpointed Thiago Santos in his UFC 239 title defence, though some fans believed Santos did enough to snatch the belt.
So when Adesanya was asked about a potential move to light heavyweight, he took the chance to bash Jones’ performance against Santos.
Who would your pick be for Israel Adesanya vs. Jon Jones if they fought at Light-heavyweight? pic.twitter.com/40Vz94H7K4
— Kiiyon Kimura (@kiiyonkimura) October 29, 2018
In an exclusive interview with The Mac Life on Wednesday, Adesanya recognized Jones as the ‘boss in the game’ but is no longer the same dominant fighter that he was.
“Nah, I saw him live, when you see someone live you know. Nah, no, he’s not the same,” he said of Jones’ game.
Confident about his chances against Jones, Adesanya said they could meet in the cage and settle their beef by early 2021 in Las Vegas.
“He’s definitely a boss in the game that I want to play against.”
“Raiders stadium, Las Vegas. That’s where it’s going to happen. I decided in July when I was in Vegas.”
“Probably – with the middleweight division getting stacked, I like Cannonier right now. Costa, I’ve got to take care of and a few others. I’m saying 2021. Probably early.”
— MMA India (@MMAIndiaShow) October 2, 2019
‘My Absolute B–ch’
As expected, Jones is furious about Adesanya’s criticism.
In a series of tweets, the MMA GOAT vowed to expose Adesanya if he continues messing with him.
“[Israel Adesanya] keep convincing yourself that one day you’ll be ready to face a boss like me. I’ll keep convincing myself that when that day comes, I will make you my absolute bitch.”
“You said you saw me fight in person against Thiago and I didn’t look the same. I also got to see you fight KG, didn’t need to be in person. You were almost knocked out on more than one occasion.”
“Thiago couldn’t even touch my face and he grew up kickboxing. You only got to see my striking that night and now you’re convinced you’ll beat me? Let me see you in a wrestling match or a jujitsu tournament, you probably wouldn’t even place.”
“I can see you’re starting to sip your own Kool-Aid, I know how it feels, I’ve been there before. Only I was around 23. Just don’t become delusional kid, fuck with a beast like me and I will expose you.”
— Sherdog by Mandatory (@sherdogdotcom) October 2, 2019
How would Adesanya respond to Jones’ warning? Does he stand a chance in a fight against Jones?
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