One of the biggest fights to make in combat sports today is a superfight between current middleweight titleholder Israel Adesanya and former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones , but that doesn’t necessarily mean the grudge match will be booked.
With Jones recently vacating his 205-pound crown to take a crack at heavyweight and Adesanya looking to clean out the middleweight division before he does any extracurricular activities it may be hard for the two fighters to come to terms. You also have to consider that if the two stars did lock horns at 205 pounds it will no longer be for a belt, taking away from Adesanya’s opportunity to become a double champ.
Adesanya vs Jon Jones ?
Israel Adesanya and Jon Jones have been trading words on Twitter for almost a year, but after UFC 253 – where Israel Adesanya retained his middleweight title by defeating Paulo Costa – the feud between two of the best pound-to-pound fighters has taken another turn. Both the fighters boast incredible MMA records and a matchup between them could lead to one of the greatest events in UFC history.
However, the path to the dream fight isn’t quite clear as Israel Adesanya wants to create a legacy in the middleweights, while Jon Jones recently moved to the heavyweight division to capture the prestigious title – currently in the hands of Stipe Miocic.
Despite that, the kind of animosity Jon Jones and Israel Adesanya showed towards each other last week is serving as the perfect build-up for a huge matchup. UFC president Dana White has also shown interest in booking a fight between the two icons, claiming that Jones vs Adesanya is “the fight to make”. In a brief interview with UFC Arabia, Dana White said that it’s all up to Jon Jones and Israel Adesanya, whether they want to make the highly-anticipated fight happen or not.
According to Dana White, Israel wants to face the winner of Robert Whittaker vs Jared Cannonier fight. The two fighters will clash in the co-main event of UFC 254 on October 24 and Israel Adesanya is expected to be present at the venue to witness the fight. Jon Jones, on the other hand, was linked with a bout vs Stipe Miocic, but Dana White recently shot down the rumours, claiming that the heavyweight champion will defend his title against Francis Ngannou next.
UFC currently has no plans for Jon Jones, but White is open to booking a fight between Bones and Jan Blachowicz, who recently won his vacated light heavyweight title by defeating Dominick Reyes at UFC 253.
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