Jon Jones has heard the comparisons and he is not impressed.
Even when Israel Adesanya participated in one of the best matches of the year on Saturday at UFC 236, and even when Adesanya won a five-unanimous decision on Kelvin Gastelum to record a temporary mid-term title and improve to 17-0 in MMA competition, " Bones "remain reluctant to lavish praise on the rising star.
It does not help that Adesanya has been repeatedly compared to Jones because of his long and slim frame and rapid increase in UFC rankings, nor that Adesanya has mentioned adding Jones to his hit list that already contains the legendary Anderson Silva. A potential superfight with Jones, the current lightweight heavyweight champion and one of the most successful warriors in the history of sport, may be too far down the road to be seriously debated, and Jones responded to a Twitter fan who agreed The point of view before I continue to downplay Adesanya's UFC 236 triumph.
"My husband had a toe to toe kick boxing match with a short stubby wrestler," Jones said in a tweet of a series that has since been deleted. "There is only one Jon Jones ladies and gentlemen."
Jones went on to clarify that he didn't think he didn't respect Gastelum, and he actually complimented Gastelum on putting a strong striking performance against an opponent with a decorated kickboxing background.
Jones concluded the series by writing, "You can believe in hype if you want. I've seen everything I had to see." And then offer a farewell shot in Adesanya.
Up next for Jones, he is scheduled to defend his lightweight heavyweight championship against Thiago Santos at UFC 239 on July 6 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.