The UFC middleweight title challenger Israel Adesanya has lately been having a bit of a rivalry and developing some sort of animosity with the UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones. Adesanya recently revealed that he was unimpressed by Jones’ victory at UFC 23 over Thiago Santos.
Adesanya was recently a guest on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show at ESPN. He revealed that he wanted saw Jones fighting live and was not impressed at all. He felt that in his last two fights Jones has fought a former welterweight and a former middleweight and still has not been dominant and that he needs PEDs to be a great fighter.
Here’s what Adesanya had to say:
When you see someone fight live — something happens with the filter of the TV. Either make me shorter or whatever — but when you see someone fight live, they look faster or they look slower, and homeboy, that’s just not it. He didn’t have it. Yeah, my first time ever seeing him in real life. That’s not it. He was fighting a former welterweight and his last fight was against a former middleweight. Again, meh. And he keeps having the same excuses. Meh, meh. There’s nothing to write home about. Jon Jones, one thing is he’s been in this game a long time. He’s been in the UFC a long time. He’s getting old. I’m fresh, I’ve only been here just over a year. I’m the new kid, the new dog in the yard. I’m a sophomore, freshman. He’s the senior and that’s why he’s a little bit jealous.
I saw him live. I’ve seen him. He doesn’t have it, he doesn’t have it. He was great when he was fighting and USADA wasn’t around but man needs to get back on the picograms if he wants to be great again.