Jon Jones Opens as Slight Betting Favorite in Potential Bout with Israel Adesanya

By Tristen Critchfield Sep 29, 2020

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Jon Jones is only a slight betting favorite in a potential matchup with UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya, according to online oddsmaker BetOnline.

Jones opened as a -150 favorite in the bout, while Adesanya checks in as a +130 underdog. Odds are subject to change, and Jones vs. Adesanya must take place by Sept. 1, 2021 for bets to be viable. It's worth noting that there is a significant disparity between online oddsmakers, as Bovada lists Jones as a -375 favorite and Adesanya as a +285 underdog.

Jones and Adesanya have taken shots at one another in recent months, and that didn’t change following the Nigerian-born Kiwi’s second-round stoppage of Paulo Henrique Costa in the UFC 253 headliner this past Saturday.

At the UFC 253 post-fight press conference, Adesanya mentioned still wanting to face Jones but added that he’d have to discuss the topic with City Kickboxing coach Eugene Bareman.

“BUT what?” Jones wrote on Instagram. “You’ve stepped into the ring over 100 times now and you’re still not ready!? You have a youth advantage and like four times the fighting experience. The truth is you’re already my p—-y, you love being undefeated and you’ve seen what’s happened to everyone else. It raises your stock to mention my name. [You’re] aware of this. You don’t want real confrontation with me [because] I’m not gonna just stand there and kickbox with you. I’ve been preparing for heavyweights. [Right] around now I would literally tear one of your arms off.”

Jones hasn’t competed since defeating Dominick Reyes by unanimous decision at UFC 247. He later vacated the 205-pound belt with designs on making a move to heavyweight.

Israel Adesanya vs Jon Jones
Israel Adesanya                        +130     (13/10)
Jon Jones                                 -150     (2/3)

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