UFC News: Israel Adesanya on Jon Jones: ‘His best years are behind him’

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Israel Adesanya has seen what he needed to see in Jon Jones’ fight against Dominick Reyes.

Jon Jones defended his UFC light heavyweight title with a victory over Dominick Reyes at UFC 247. The fight took place at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.

The fight was extremely close and one of the judges had Jones winning the fight 4-1, which is in no way a fair representation of what went down inside the Octagon. Many fans even believe that Jones should have lost the fight.

Israel Adesanya says Jon Jones is washed

UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya has long expressed interest in fighting Jon Jones. However, Jon Jones now has had two extremely close decision wins. This has fans including Adesanya believe that the best years of Jones are well beyond him.

I’ve seen him. I’ve seen what I needed to see,” Adesanya said to SportingNews. In the fifth round, he tried to turn it on, but he couldn’t. Compare his fifth round to my fifth round against Kelvin Gastelum, there’s a difference.

He’s washed up. He’s done,” said Adesanya. “His best years are behind him. He’s still great, but he’s washed up now. He wasn’t doing s—. He was winning the rounds, but it wasn’t really doing s—, he was trying, but there’s levels to this.”

Jon Jones vs Dominick Reyes should have been Draw

That is to say, Israel Adesanya believes that Jon Jones shouldn’t have won that fight. He said that the fight should have been scored a draw.

It was close. There’s ways you can look at that fight,” he said. “Some people scored it, Jones, some people scored it, Dominick. Dominick thought he won the fight, Jones thought he won the fight. Some say draw. I would have given it a draw, but it’s one of those things; they put it on the line and it was a good fight, but I give it a draw.”

I’ve seen what I needed to see; I’m the guy,” he said. “First, I have to take care of Romero. I have to take care of Paulo Costa and possibly Jared Cannonier, but 2021 — I don’t care if [Jones is] still the champ or not — Raiders Stadium [in Las Vegas] in 2021, I’m going to go up there to 205 and do what I do.” (H/T – BJPenn.com)

UFC 247 results

Main Card

Jon Jones def. Dominick Reyes via unanimous decision

Valentina Shevchenko def. Katlyn Chookagian via TKO (3rd, 1:03)

Justin Tafa def. Juan Adams via first-round TKO (1:59)

Dan Ige def. Mirsad Bektic via split decision

Derrick Lewis def. Ilir Latifi via unanimous decision


Trevin Giles def. James Krause via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

Lauren Murphy def. Andrea Lee via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)

Khaos Williams def. Alex Morono via first-round KO (0:27)

Mario Bautista def. Miles Johns via second-round TKO (1:41)

Journey Newson def. Domingo Pilarte via first-round TKO (0:38)

Andre Ewell def. Jonathan Martinez via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)

Youssef Zalal def. Austin Lingo via unanimous decision (30-27 x3)


UFC 247 results: Jon Jones escapes defeats Dominick Reyes via controversial decision

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