Jon Jones Dismisses Potential Fight with New UFC Middleweight Champion Israel Adesanya

By Tristen Critchfield Oct 7, 2019

Jon Jones doesn’t see a showdown with Israel Adesanya happening anytime soon — if at all.

Last week, the reigning light heavyweight champion issued a stern warning to Adesanya after the Nigerian-born Kiwi expressed interest in a bout against “Bones” in 2021.

“Keep convincing yourself that one day you’ll be ready to face a boss like me,” Jones wrote on Twitter. “I’ll keep convincing myself that when that day comes, I will my you my absolute bitch.”

Adesanya authored the most impressive performance of his career at UFC 243 on Saturday night, as he unified the middleweight bouts with a second-round technical knockout victory over Robert Whittaker in Melbourne. Adesanya’s seventh consecutive UFC triumph wasn’t enough to impress Jones, who dimissed the possibility of a future bout against “The Last Stylebender” on Sunday.

“By the time this kid gets his confidence together I’ll probably already be in the heavyweight division,” Jones wrote on Twitter. “I don’t need to wait till 2021 to start believing in myself.”

Jones has teased a move to heavyweight in the past, but more recently the Jackson-Wink MMA product has seemed content to clear out the 205-pound weight class. Adesanya, meanwhile, has more immediate business to handle, as fellow unbeaten Paulo Henrique Costa appears to be next in line for a shot at his middleweight crown.

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