Dana White says Adesanya vs Jones would be "Massive"
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Sunday, October 4, 2020
After a back-and-forth exchange between UFC Middleweight Champion Israel Adesanya and former UFC Light-Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones on social media, UFC President chimed and made an interesting statement.
While speaking with UFC Arabia, White mentioned “that’s the fight to make – one hundred percent. I think that fight between those two is massive.” This interesting considering Jones relinquished his light-heavyweight title with the intention of moving up to heavyweight and Adesanya is the current champion of the 185lbs division.
If a fight between the two comes to fruition, it would be most likely have to be at light-heavyweight – 205lbs, so that would put a halt on Jones’ plans to move up and capture a UFC title in a second weight-class.
A possible Adesanya vs Jones fight would be very intriguing in that it would test Adesanya’s ability to stuff takedowns from a larger opponent and Jones’ ability to stand up and trade strikes with a decorated kickboxer and knockout artist.
White mentioned that at the end of the day, the decision to book the fight is up to the fighters themselves:
“Adesanya is a champ…he’s really coming into his own and you can tell he knows this is his house – and he comes and acts like it. I think he wants the winner of Whittaker and Cannonier and then we’ll see what happens after that.”
This is not the first time Jones has had an exchange on social media that had fans talking. A few months ago, Jones and heavyweight contender Francis Ngannou went back-and-forth on Twitter, which caught the attention of both fans and the media.
Even though there are many different options for both in their respective weight-class, now might be the best time to book Adesanya vs Jones.
If Adesanya vs Jones were to be booked for January, it would allow enough time for a new number one contender emerge in the middleweight division. Whittaker and Cannonier would be the likely title eliminator however, the promotion would gain a lot more interest and a higher PPV buyrate if they capitalize on the popularity and bad blood between Adesanya and Jones.
Since Adesanya vs Jones would likely be contested at 205lbs, the promotion would have more time for a new contender to emerge in the middleweight division, so Adesanya would have an opponent lined up after his bout with Jones. In addition, a Jones vs Adesanya bout would allow the promotion to book a rematch between Ngannou vs UFC Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic, with the winner defending the title against Jones in his first heavyweight bout.
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