Last Sunday, Israel Adesanya knocked out Robert Whittaker to become the new undisputed UFC middleweight champion of the world at the UFC 243 main event.
Although his next opponent is going to be Paulo Costa, the newly crowned middleweight champion already has his eyes set on UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones.
Adesanya’s coach Eugene Bareman recently appeared on Submission Radio where he said that if the super fight between Adesanya and Jones happens, it would be completely on Adesanya’s terms as it’s Jon Jones who needs him than the other way around. He also stated that he is extremely reluctant about giving Jones the opportunity to fight Adesanya because of the type of person he is.
Jon Jones has had several troubles with the law and Bareman said that there’ ethical and moral issues with fighting him.
“[Jones] would be a hard fight for my team, the group of guys that get together and decide who Israel fights, that would be a very hard fight for us to get across the line,” Bareman said. “Because we’re just like, why? There’s ethical and moral issues that don’t sit well with my team, and they would be very reluctant to give a man like him the sort of opportunity that Israel can bestow on him.
“We have a track record of not fighting certain opponents even though they make sense. And I’m not talking about in the UFC, I’m talking about locally because they’re just not good people. And Israel can want to fight him and have all the desire in the world to fight him that he wants, but it’s not his decision. It’s not solely his decision. So, if my team decides that… it would just be hard for me to look at my team and ask them, should we give Jon Jones this opportunity considering the type of person he is?”
Eugene further revealed that if any of his fighters did things that Jones did, they wouldn’t be able to train in his gym.
“Let me explain this. Like, we’re different camps. If Israel goes and does some of the things that Jon Jones does, he can no longer, he’s not going to be a part of my gym,” Bareman said. “Doesn’t matter how much money he makes, he will have to leave my gym, because he’ll just be a shit human being. And you can’t do that. You can’t be that person at my gym. Like, and I’m not… their setup’s different. Their setup’s different, and obviously they treat things and they treat people differently. But, like, I’m just giving an example from my gym and I’m using Israel figuratively.
“If Israel does those sort of things, he has to leave the gym. And maybe he doesn’t leave the gym, but then me and the 30 other guys on the fight team, we take him out the back and we bash the shit out of him, you know, we give him some tough love. And, we say, you know, it’s just different, it’s a completely different team. They set it up and they run it how they want to run it and all power to them, and me and my team, we do things our way. And yeah, that’s the key difference. I’m not saying anything about their team. They’ve been one of the best teams, still are one of the best teams in the world and they will remain to be that, it’s just a way different setup to my setup, that’s all I’m saying.”