Jon Jones rules OUT superfight with Israel Adesanya insisting it ‘does nothing’ for his legacy as UFC legend eyes heavyweight title clash with Stipe Miocic
- UFC legend Jon Jones has ruled out a showdown fight with Israel Adesanya
- The American said a bout with Adesanya would do nothing for his legacy
- Jones is instead eyeing a heavyweight clash with current champion Stipe Miocic
Jon Jones has ruled out a superfight with middleweight champion Israel Adesanya with the UFC legend insisting it ‘does nothing’ for his legacy.
The 33-year-old vacated the light-heavyweight title earlier this year and has his eyes firmly fixed on a heavyweight title fight with current champion Stipe Miocic.
Jones had previously considered a showdown with Adesanya but after a fan tweeted to ask whether a bout would actually happen, the American shutdown the possibility.
Jon Jones has ruled out a showdown fight with middleweight champion Israel Adesanya
He said: ‘Yeah just how he envisioned it, the arena he wanted and everything. There’s not a man on this planet that tells me what to do.
‘I march to the beat of my own drum.. there’s no red panty night for Izzy without me, I may just keep him broke.’
One fan suggested Jones was ‘shooting himself in the foot’ because Adesanya is one of the biggest names in UFC, he replied: ‘You’re joking right?
Jones said fighting Adesanya does nothing for his UFC legacy as he shutdown a possible bout
‘I’ve been making millions since my early 20s, I don’t need a super fight with anyone.
‘Fighting guys like Jan and Izzy does nothing for my legacy, winning the Heavyweight belt is the only thing that can bring me any higher than I already am.
‘Outside of a gigantic payday, he does nothing for me. Anderson (Silva) was the man to beat in that weight class, not him.
‘The next biggest legacy move for me is Stipe and I want all the smoke.’
Adesanya could win Jones’ former light-heavyweight belt after moving up a division
Jones also claimed he doesn’t care about the outcome of Adesanya’s fight with Jan Blachowicz, which could see his rival win his former light heavyweight belt.
Replying to another fan, he said: ‘Truly don’t care man, nothing is bigger for me than heavyweight gold.’
Jones’ comments come after weeks of online trolling between him and Adesanya. Last week, he reacted to the news that his rival was moving up to light heavyweight and his belief that Glover Teixeira should be fighting Blachowicz.
‘My mind is blown right now, don’t even know what to say. Glover is the new GOAT. Somebody give the man his shot.’
Jones has moved up to heavyweight and is seeking a fight with current champion Stipe Miocic
Their feud also took a turn for the worse last month after the middleweight champion told ‘Bones’ his mother would be disappointed in him.
Jones, who was previously guilty of a hit-and-run felony involving a pregnant woman in 2015 and has had a number of other run-ins with the authorities, struck back with a stream of messages.
Adesanya has also recently ridiculed Jones for his attempts to put on weight in anticipation of his next fight, as well as ‘The Last Stylebender’ calling him ‘washed’ following his last five fights.