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Old 10-08-2019, 12:27 AM #1
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Default Jon Jones predicts he値l be a heavyweight before Adesanya 組ets confidence together'

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is having his doubts that new undisputed UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya is serious about moving up to fight him.

Though Jones and Adesanya have been talking up a potential matchup in recent months and UFC president Dana White has even discussed the possibility of booking the two for a fight, Adesanya痴 win over Robert Whittaker on Saturday at UFC 243 apparently did little to convince Jones that 典he Last Stylebender is truly ready for the challenge.

釘y the time this kid gets his confidence together I値l probably already be in the heavyweight division. I don稚 need to wait till 2021 to start believing in myself, Jones wrote, replying to a comment from UFC heavyweight contender Francis Ngannou.

The 2021 date is in reference to Adesanya recently telling the media that he would like to have a strong middleweight championship run before pursuing the Jones fight.

Jones has long suggested that he値l eventually transition from light heavyweight to heavyweight, though he痴 yet to make any serious overtures outside of a stirring up a rumor in July that he might fight Stipe Miocic. In 2019, Jones has competed twice, successfully defending his 205-pound championship against Thiago Santos and Anthony Smith.
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Old 10-08-2019, 12:33 AM #2
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Jones has been threatening that move for years.

Remember just a few months ago he said he didn't want to fight Cormier at that weight?

Jones does best when he can exploit his size against smaller men. The less of a size and reach advantage he has to exploit, the closer the fights. TheSmith fight and rematch with Gustafsson might be exceptions to that rule. But there's no way he wants any part of the Heavyweight division. He'll get torched.

Adesanya has a lot of unfinished business at Middleweight, but I doubt any of it will be the Box Office pull that a fight w/ Jones would be. Besides, Dana doesn't wanna see him take his first loss to anyone less than Jones.

Probably they'll make Adesanya defend against Costa (a huge undertaking). After that, they make the Superfight.
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Old 10-09-2019, 02:27 PM #3
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Jones been bigger than almost everyone he faced in his years as roidchamp, Israel just won a belt clean, isn't huge for his division but lacks confidence if he doesn't move up?
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Old 10-09-2019, 10:24 PM #4
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Jones been bigger than almost everyone he faced in his years as roidchamp, Israel just won a belt clean, isn't huge for his division but lacks confidence if he doesn't move up?
Adesanya is plenty big. He's probably equal to or bigger than everyone Jones has faced outside of Gustafsson and Cormier.

At that size especially, a lot of "size" is determined by muscle mass and water weight. A guy like OSP, for example, spent his 20's packing on muscle that was actually detrimental to his eventual MMA career.

Adesanya could comfortably fill out, becoming a full sized Light Heavyweight. But does he really want to?

I wanna see him fight Costa and Romero before making the move. A Rematch w/ Gastelum might even be interesting.
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Old 10-10-2019, 05:00 PM #5
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Jones getting jealous over the attention israel is getting. Trying to shame him into moving up even tho he hasnt done it himself yet. Adesanya has just arrived on the scene at middle at top level no need for him to move up for a good while. He makes 185 easily could possibly cut to 170 if he tried, the size difference between him and jones would be way too much
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