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Dana White ‘Would Love to See’ Adesanya Fight Jon Jones

Adesanya wasn’t taking questions about Jon Jones last night, but the UFC president was

Israel Adesanya won the UFC interim middleweight belt last night at UFC 236 in a historic Fight of the Year candidate with Kelvin Gastelum (watch the highlights!). The flashy striker has proven he has endless heart. Afterwards, Adesanya brushed away questions about Jon Jones, saying “This is about me. None of that. This is about me and Kelvin. I’ll address that another time.”

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones didn’t seem to like not being the center of attention. In quick succession this morning, he tweeted,

Just waking up to the morning news, this is about you now bitch

Everybody else [hang loose emoji] Have the best day today

This wasn’t the first shade Jones has thrown Adesanya’s way. He had posted about the Nigerian-born New Zealander before the bout, responding to Israel’s assertions that Jones is smart enough to worry about him. After the fight, he was critical of Israel’s performance, retweeting someone else’s analysis that Israel is not ready for Jones yet.

Well said, my man had a toe to toe kick boxing match with a short stubby wrestler. There’s only one Jon Jones ladies and gentlemen

When someone pointed out this was also a criticism of Gastelum’s abilities, Jones said that he was impressed Gastelum almost beat Adesanya without throwing a single kick. (The only sequence in the fight where Kelvin visibly rocked Israel started with Gastelum’s head kick)

That wasn’t my intention, nothing but respect for Kelvin. Dude Almost beat a kickboxer without throwing a single kick

Jones then woke up in the morning and apparently saw Israel dismissing the question about him. It isn’t clear what ‘This is about you now bitch’ means in this context. Jones isn’t about to drop to middleweight, and Adesanya has a massive title unification bout ahead of him against the great Robert Whittaker. Still, if the Last Stylebender does get past Whittaker, Dana White said he would be interested in seeing a superfight between the two 6’4” phenoms. Via MMAJunkie.com:

“(Adesanya has) got Whittaker to look forward to now,” White said. “Whittaker is a bad dude. He’s bigger than Kelvin, he hits harder than Kelvin, and he needs to focus on him right now.

“I know him and Jon Jones have been talking some smack, and listen, if he wins, and he becomes the middleweight champion, obviously I’d love to see him and Jon Jones fight. But we’ll see how everything plays out and timing. Because the other thing is if Israel fights Whittaker and wins, there’s other guys that have been waiting in line, too, to fight for the title. If (Ronald) ‘Jacare’ (Souza) keeps winning and doesn’t get a title fight, that guy might kill me.

“But that Jon Jones fight is going to be out there for Israel no matter what. That ain’t going anywhere.”

The undefeated Adesanya walks around considerably lighter than Jones, and we saw in the main event last night how a power disparity can affect a fight. The difference in size was the main problem MMA Mania analyst Andrew Richardson brought up when I posed Adesanya as a potential future opponent for Jones.

Still, the possibility remains, and we will no doubt hear more about it in the days ahead.

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Dana White ‘Would Love to See’ Adesanya Fight Jon Jones

Adesanya wasn’t taking questions about Jon Jones last night, but the UFC president was

Israel Adesanya won the UFC interim middleweight belt last night at UFC 236 in a historic Fight of the Year candidate with Kelvin Gastelum (watch the highlights!). The flashy striker has proven he has endless heart. Afterwards, Adesanya brushed away questions about Jon Jones, saying “This is about me. None of that. This is about me and Kelvin. I’ll address that another time.”

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones didn’t seem to like not being the center of attention. In quick succession this morning, he tweeted,

Just waking up to the morning news, this is about you now bitch

Everybody else [hang loose emoji] Have the best day today

This wasn’t the first shade Jones has thrown Adesanya’s way. He had posted about the Nigerian-born New Zealander before the bout, responding to Israel’s assertions that Jones is smart enough to worry about him. After the fight, he was critical of Israel’s performance, retweeting someone else’s analysis that Israel is not ready for Jones yet.

Well said, my man had a toe to toe kick boxing match with a short stubby wrestler. There’s only one Jon Jones ladies and gentlemen

When someone pointed out this was also a criticism of Gastelum’s abilities, Jones said that he was impressed Gastelum almost beat Adesanya without throwing a single kick. (The only sequence in the fight where Kelvin visibly rocked Israel started with Gastelum’s head kick)

That wasn’t my intention, nothing but respect for Kelvin. Dude Almost beat a kickboxer without throwing a single kick

Jones then woke up in the morning and apparently saw Israel dismissing the question about him. It isn’t clear what ‘This is about you now bitch’ means in this context. Jones isn’t about to drop to middleweight, and Adesanya has a massive title unification bout ahead of him against the great Robert Whittaker. Still, if the Last Stylebender does get past Whittaker, Dana White said he would be interested in seeing a superfight between the two 6’4” phenoms. Via MMAJunkie.com:

“(Adesanya has) got Whittaker to look forward to now,” White said. “Whittaker is a bad dude. He’s bigger than Kelvin, he hits harder than Kelvin, and he needs to focus on him right now.

“I know him and Jon Jones have been talking some smack, and listen, if he wins, and he becomes the middleweight champion, obviously I’d love to see him and Jon Jones fight. But we’ll see how everything plays out and timing. Because the other thing is if Israel fights Whittaker and wins, there’s other guys that have been waiting in line, too, to fight for the title. If (Ronald) ‘Jacare’ (Souza) keeps winning and doesn’t get a title fight, that guy might kill me.

“But that Jon Jones fight is going to be out there for Israel no matter what. That ain’t going anywhere.”

The undefeated Adesanya walks around considerably lighter than Jones, and we saw in the main event last night how a power disparity can affect a fight. The difference in size was the main problem MMA Mania analyst Andrew Richardson brought up when I posed Adesanya as a potential future opponent for Jones.

Still, the possibility remains, and we will no doubt hear more about it in the days ahead.

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Jones On Walker: ‘I Know I’m Gonna Be Fighting Him Sooner Or Later’

Rising light heavyweight contender Johnny Walker is beginning to turn heads around the MMA community and reigning UFC champion Jon Jones is one of them.

Walker, who decimated light heavyweight veteran Misha Cirkunov in just 36 seconds last weekend at UFC 235 (highlights here), has already turned in some of the best knockout finishes you’ll ever see at 205 pounds. Outside of his memorable stoppage of Cirkunov, the Brazilian holds a debut knockout finish over Khalil Rountree and a 15-second destruction of Justin Ledet.

With such success so early into his UFC career Walker has already been revered as the next big contender at 205 pounds. In a division that has been left barren at the hands of Jones, having a young and flashy fighter like Walker goes a really long way.

Just ask Jones himself, who discussed Walker’s recent victory at UFC 235.

“Johnny Walker is somebody that I’m very aware of,” said Jones (via The Mac Life). “I know I’m gonna be fighting him sooner or later.

“And I just appreciate his energy,” Jones added. “He seems like a nice guy. He just radiates his happiness and his positivity, and it’s refreshing. He seems like the type of guy I’d go out and have a beer with. He’s cool. He seems cool… until we fight. And then after I beat him, he’ll be cool again.”

Jones, who knocked off Anthony Smith via unanimous decision to retain his light heavyweight strap at UFC 235, is short on contenders at 205 pounds. Streaking Brazilian veteran Thiago Santos is the next obvious choice for “Bones,” but there are limited options beyond that.

If Walker gets his wish and he’s able to land a matchup with three-time title challenger Alexander Gustafsson sometime in 2019, that may be the win he needs to lock down a shot at Jones.

Of course, Walker has to make sure he doesn’t hurt himself with anymore post-fight celebrations if he wants to make a serious run at the light heavyweight throne.

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UFC 235 Results: Jon Jones Beats Anthony Smith, Despite Losing Points for Cheating

Everyone’s favorite drug user and sometime-UFC champ Jon Jones had no problem defending his belt against Anthony Smith in the main event of UFC 235. In fact, Jones only needed to cheat once to do it.

Essentially, Jones outclassed Smith for five rounds of stand-up, striking from every angle and forcing the challenger to defend more often than allowing him to attack. Smith was simply shut down.

But in Round 4, Jones… I don’t know… felt like maybe kneeing Smith in the head when Smith was on all fours…? The thought process escapes me.

Well, whatever the reason, Jones was deducted two points, making that the closet round Smith had. So yeah, there was no mystery who had won when the judges were tallying up the scorecards.

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UFC 235 Results: Jon Jones Beats Anthony Smith, Despite Losing Points for Cheating

Everyone’s favorite drug user and sometime-UFC champ Jon Jones had no problem defending his belt against Anthony Smith in the main event of UFC 235. In fact, Jones only needed to cheat once to do it.

Essentially, Jones outclassed Smith for five rounds of stand-up, striking from every angle and forcing the challenger to defend more often than allowing him to attack. Smith was simply shut down.

But in Round 4, Jones… I don’t know… felt like maybe kneeing Smith in the head when Smith was on all fours…? The thought process escapes me.

Well, whatever the reason, Jones was deducted two points, making that the closet round Smith had. So yeah, there was no mystery who had won when the judges were tallying up the scorecards.

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UFC 235 Results: Jon Jones Beats Anthony Smith, Despite Losing Points for Cheating

Everyone’s favorite drug user and sometime-UFC champ Jon Jones had no problem defending his belt against Anthony Smith in the main event of UFC 235. In fact, Jones only needed to cheat once to do it.

Essentially, Jones outclassed Smith for five rounds of stand-up, striking from every angle and forcing the challenger to defend more often than allowing him to attack. Smith was simply shut down.

But in Round 4, Jones… I don’t know… felt like maybe kneeing Smith in the head when Smith was on all fours…? The thought process escapes me.

Well, whatever the reason, Jones was deducted two points, making that the closet round Smith had. So yeah, there was no mystery who had won when the judges were tallying up the scorecards.

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UFC 235 Results: Jon Jones Beats Anthony Smith, Despite Losing Points for Cheating

Everyone’s favorite drug user and sometime-UFC champ Jon Jones had no problem defending his belt against Anthony Smith in the main event of UFC 235. In fact, Jones only needed to cheat once to do it.

Essentially, Jones outclassed Smith for five rounds of stand-up, striking from every angle and forcing the challenger to defend more often than allowing him to attack. Smith was simply shut down.

But in Round 4, Jones… I don’t know… felt like maybe kneeing Smith in the head when Smith was on all fours…? The thought process escapes me.

Well, whatever the reason, Jones was deducted two points, making that the closet round Smith had. So yeah, there was no mystery who had won when the judges were tallying up the scorecards.

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UFC 235 Results: Jon Jones Beats Anthony Smith, Despite Losing Points for Cheating

Everyone’s favorite drug user and sometime-UFC champ Jon Jones had no problem defending his belt against Anthony Smith in the main event of UFC 235. In fact, Jones only needed to cheat once to do it.

Essentially, Jones outclassed Smith for five rounds of stand-up, striking from every angle and forcing the challenger to defend more often than allowing him to attack. Smith was simply shut down.

But in Round 4, Jones… I don’t know… felt like maybe kneeing Smith in the head when Smith was on all fours…? The thought process escapes me.

Well, whatever the reason, Jones was deducted two points, making that the closet round Smith had. So yeah, there was no mystery who had won when the judges were tallying up the scorecards.

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UFC 235 Results: Jon Jones Beats Anthony Smith, Despite Losing Points for Cheating

Everyone’s favorite drug user and sometime-UFC champ Jon Jones had no problem defending his belt against Anthony Smith in the main event of UFC 235. In fact, Jones only needed to cheat once to do it.

Essentially, Jones outclassed Smith for five rounds of stand-up, striking from every angle and forcing the challenger to defend more often than allowing him to attack. Smith was simply shut down.

But in Round 4, Jones… I don’t know… felt like maybe kneeing Smith in the head when Smith was on all fours…? The thought process escapes me.

Well, whatever the reason, Jones was deducted two points, making that the closet round Smith had. So yeah, there was no mystery who had won when the judges were tallying up the scorecards.

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Is Jones A Dirty Fighter? Smith Talks UFC 235 ‘Bulls–t’

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones, nearly got himself disqualified for the second time in his storied mixed martial arts (MMA) career, thanks to an illegal knee landed against Anthony Smith in the UFC 235 pay-per-view (PPV) main event last Sat. night (March 2, 2019) inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

When combined with the champ’s longstanding history with performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs), it’s not outrageous to wonder if “Bones” is just a dunderhead, or simply a dirty fighter who will attempt to game the system whenever the opportunity presents itself.

“I don’t know,” Smith replied when asked at the UFC 235 post-fight press conference (watch it here). “Are you talking about the kick and the knee, and all the other bullshit? As far as the PED stuff, I mean, it’d be really easy for me to sit here and blame that. As far as that goes, no, I don’t think he is right now. I’m not gonna give Jon a pass. I think he has used PEDs in the past, but I think that right now, he’s a clean fighter. Until I see the knees and the kick from the outside, I can’t answer that either.”

I would say let’s wait for the post-fight drug test results, but those are likely to come back positive anyway, thanks to Jones and the picogram debacle that shook up the combat sports industry last December in “Sin City,” when an entire PPV event had to be transported out of state.

When Smith was clipped with the illegal knee, which brought a halt to the championship action, “Lionheart” could have feigned injury and told referee Herb Dean he was unable to continue, winning by disqualification and leaving “Sin City” with the 205-pound strap.

Fat chance.

Smith wanted to win the title, not have it gifted by Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC). That means he’ll need to work his way back up to another title shot once he’s released from his pending medical suspension.

For much more on UFC 235 click here.

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