Adesanya: “I’m Everything Jones Wished He Was”
While Israel Adesanya may have a date with Robert Whittaker to unify the middleweight division, Jon Jones may now want to call dibs for a fight with the interim 185-pound champion.
The two fighters went from light trash talk to full on insults the past few days, beginning with Adesanya claiming he was going to go “G.O.A.T” hunting after defeating Anderson Silva at UFC 234.
Jones would give Adesanya a warning to watch his step, which Adesanya heeded following his win on Saturday, claiming he’d address Jones at “another time.”
Yet, the light heavyweight champion would be the aggressor, attacking Adesanya’s performance against “short stubby wrestler” Kelvin Gastelum in the co-main event of UFC 236.
That would cause Adesanya to respond, and throw Jones’ history of recreational and performance enhancing drug use in is face.
“He’s a c**t,” Adesanya told Luke Thomas on The MMA Hour. “First of all, there’s two variables I never expected in this game. The first was to fight [Anderson] Silva and now to fight Jon Jones. I have to adapt to that. So, he’s a c*nt and I say that because he’s picking the time when I’m supposed to get the most shine to come at me because he’s irrelevant. No one really cares about him. I’m everything he wished he was, I’m everything he wished he would have been. Like ‘Ooooh, I want to thank God’ and meanwhile he’s in the back (makes snorting noise) and the hiding under a cage (editor’s note: allegedly) to avoid USADA.”
“So, I’m everything he wished he was. People don’t have to like me but it’s hard not to like me. Like, f**k, I just put on one the best fights you’ve ever seen and I’m a nice guy. I’m actually a nice guy. I’m sure to his team and his people he’s actually nice but, yeah, I don’t know.”
Adesanya still recognizes how new he is to the sport of MMA, seein Jones’ callout as a method to get Adesanya in a fight before the interim middleweight champion was ready for the challenge.
“Put it this way: if you want to beat me you’ve got to do it yesterday,” Adesanya said. “Every single fight I’m getting better. There’s only one reason he calls me out. I know [Jones is] a man of challenges. I’m not an easy fight but he knows if he wants to get me then the time is right now. I’m only a year and some change in this game. Imagine where what I’m going be in two years. He’s trying to get this fight this fight early so he has a better chance of beating me. But, I’m player one and I have the controller. So, that fight will happen but it will happen on my terms.
“If he wants to come down to 185 then I mean, hey, kill yourself to come down. I wouldn’t advise it. Eventually at a catchweight or something. I’ll come up. I like the sound of two belts. But he knows I’m getting better each fight.”
“[Ronaldo] ‘Jacare’ [Souza], Yoel [Romero], [Chris] Weidman, [Jared] Cannonier, these are guys still in line,” Adesanya said of potential challengers at 185 pounds. “So, chill motherf**cker Jones. Let me get through the middleweights first and at least defend my belt a few times. I want to get through all of the top middleweights at least once and then I’ll move up. But, he’s trying to jump the gun — he knows I’m a challenge because, honestly, he’d have a better chance of beating me right now than a year or two years from now. He knows that. He’s a smart man and his coaches are smart. So, I don’t know if it’s all on him or someone is pushing him to ‘Get him now. Get him now while he’s still green.’ I’ve been bulled my whole life. So, when I peak, he’s going to get this.
“I’ve beaten heavyweights and I didn’t have to weigh heavyweight. I like a challenge and I like a test. These are things that make you immortal and that’s what I want to do in this game. I want to be immortal forever.”
Jones would reply to Adesanya’s comments on Twitter, telling the new champion to keep his name out of the conversation if he doesn’t want Jones to step to him.
Bro how are you going to call me out talking about your “hunting the goat”, and then call me a bully for replying to you?? You sound like you know you can’t beat me right now, so if that’s the case, keep my name out your mouth and we won’t have these problems.
— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) April 15, 2019
“Bro how are you going to call me out talking about your “hunting the goat”, and then call me a bully for replying to you,” Jones tweeted “You sound like you know you can’t beat me right now, so if that’s the case, keep my name out your mouth and we won’t have these problems.”
Initial Report: MMA Fighting