Israel Adesanya has on several occasions said he looks to Jon Jones, but Jones remains skeptical.
Former UFC lightweight champion Jones (26-1 MMA, 20-1 UFC) took to Instagram on Monday and posted a video clip of UFC middleweight champion Adesania’s UFC 253 postseason news conference from Saturday.
In the clip, Adesanya (20-0 MMA, 9-0 UFC) talks about wanting to fight Jones, but that he will have to talk to his head coach, City Kickboxing’s Eugene Bareman, before making any decisions.
Jones, who has had a long-running beef affair with Adesanya, denied Adesania’s use of the word “but” and claimed the UFC middleweight champion was bluffing by saying he wants the fight.
“But what?” Jones wrote. “You have entered the ring more than 100 times now and you are still not ready !? You have a youth advantage and like four times the fighting experience. The truth is, you are already mine (exploratory), you love being undefeated, and you have seen what has happened to everyone else. It raises your stock to mention my name. (You are) aware of this. You do not want real confrontation with me (because) I should not just stand there and kickbox with you. I have been preparing for heavyweights. (Right) around now I would literally rip one of your arms off. ”
Check out Jon Jones’ full Instagram post below:
Jones, 33, has not competed since a split victory in February 2020 over Dominick Reyes at UFC 247. Following a dispute with UFC President Dana White over pay, Jones left his 205-pound title in mid-August. He has since stated that he will go up to heavyweight for his next match – although he has also indicated interest in a £ 205 return.
Adesanya, 31, successfully defended the campaign’s 185-pound title for the second time Saturday in the UFC 253 main event. Adesanya ended the match with a tough rival Paulo Costa and ended the match with a blow in round 2.