Daniel Cormier: Jon Jones vs. Israel Adesanya Doesn’t Need To Happen
Daniel Cormier believes the intrigue for Jon Jones vs. Israel Adesanya has dwindled.
Adesanya is coming off the first loss of his pro MMA career. He challenged Jan Blachowicz for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship. In the end, Blachowicz demonstrated solid defense in the standup and utilized his grappling to keep Adesanya grounded in the championship rounds en route to a unanimous decision win.
The loss has seemingly derailed interest in a showdown between Adesanya and Jon Jones. While Jones is making the move to heavyweight, many hoped a light heavyweight title win for Adesanya would bolster the chances of “Bones” taking the fight. With the way Blachowicz found success with his grappling, many are convinced that Adesanya would struggle even more against Jones.
During an edition of the DC & Helwani Show, Cormier said he doesn’t feel there’s any reason for Jones vs. Adesanya to happen following “The Last Stylebender’s” loss to Blachowicz (h/t ESPN MMA).
“Watching [Israel Adesanya] do what he did at [middleweight] makes you believe he could go with anybody, and because of the skillset, you think he can beat a Jones. Today, after watching last Saturday, I believe Jones would be too big for him… That fight, for as much intrigue as there was, for me, it doesn’t really need to happen.”
Adesanya is still the UFC Middleweight Champion. Following his loss to Blachowicz, “The Last Stylebender” told UFC color commentator Joe Rogan that he will return to the 205-pound division in the future but he implied that his next outing will be contested at middleweight.