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Israel Adesanya insists future Jon Jones struggle is not useless: ‘I am coming for that ass’


Regardless of falling brief in his pursuit of changing into a twin UFC champion, Israel Adesanya insists the potential for a future struggle with Jon Jones isn’t useless.

Middleweight champion Adesanya (20-1 MMA, 9-1 UFC) skilled his first-career loss in opposition to mild heavyweight champ Jan Blachowicz at UFC 259, and he agrees with UFC president Dana White that his focus ought to be on caring for enterprise in his personal division.

What Adesanya doesn’t agree with, nonetheless, is the final notion {that a} potential superfight with Jones (26-1 MMA, 20-1 UFC) is useless simply due to his lone setback.

“Hell no,” Adesanya informed ESPN. “That is only a valley in my story. In any film, in any anime collection, you at all times have the valleys and also you stand up from that. That is simply mine and it’s like, all proper, cool, wager. I’m taking this very effectively, and I do know precisely what I’ve to do to get again to my true self, so yeah, I’m doing simply that. However nah, that struggle’s not useless. I’m coming for that ass.”

He continued, “That is deeper than combating now. He is aware of, we all know, everyone knows what he’s like. Everyone knows how pretend he’s. It’s not even gonna take lengthy earlier than he f***s his life up once more if he hasn’t already and saved it low key and swept it underneath the rug. You had quarantine Izzy final time going at him and simply giving info, straight info, so I’m simply taking my time proper now, doing my very own factor, specializing in myself. However, he ought to do the identical as a result of his life may very well be in shambles.”

Jones, the previous UFC mild heavyweight champ, was tweeting all through the UFC 259 principal occasion, took photographs at Adesanya after he was handed his first loss and deemed him not price his time. The 2 have been buying and selling barbs for over a yr now, and Adesanya isn’t too shocked to see Jones experience his defeat.

“That exhibits his character,” Adesanya mentioned. “Discover a tweet of me tweeting after he wins even in opposition to Dominick Reyes. Discover a tweet of me kicking him when everyone seems to be sh*tting on him. He barely beat Thiago Santos; Dominick Reyes arguably kicked his ass. Discover the tweet of me going at him and taking a victory lap. This exhibits the character of who he we’re. It exhibits the character of what sort of folks we’re … it simply exhibits the character. I imply, time will inform. This simply exhibits me his true character, so I wager that is the way you need him to play it, cool. Wait till he loses – simply time will inform. That’s all I’ll say.”

A win might have put Adesanya on a assured collision course with Jones, however “The Final Stylebender” nonetheless thinks a struggle between them is inevitable. For now, although, Jones is eyeing a heavyweight title shot in opposition to the Stipe Miocic-Francis Ngannou winner at UFC 260, whereas Adesanya is ready for the following middleweight contender to emerge.