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Jon Jones is quick to take to Twitter when a would-be rival or former foe comes up short. As soon as Jan Blachowicz was named the victor over Israel Adesanya — thus ruining (for now) Adesanya’s Light Heavyweight dreams — “Bones” hopped online to mock the Middleweight. It seemed a decisive blow for Jones in their beef, largely ruining the chances of a Heavyweight super fight anytime soon.
Israel Adesanya, however, doesn’t believe so, insisting that the bout would still happen. The interview reached “Bones,” who immediately took the opportunity to laugh off the champion’s challenge, describing the situation as “hilarious.”
“It’s deeper than fighting now” pic.twitter.com/6Im7Emr00r— BONY (@JonnyBones) March 18, 2021
Ariel Helwani asked him one question about me, Izzy went on to give a seven minute response I love it when opponents realize they can’t hold my jockstrap and default to the “Jon Jones is fake” defense. https://t.co/4p874XRqPC— BONY (@JonnyBones) March 18, 2021
The fact that he is actually trying to keep this beef going is hilarious— BONY (@JonnyBones) March 18, 2021
In addition, Jones attacked Adesanya’s skill set. “Bones” has been sensitive to the pound-for-pound rankings in the past, as well as the idea that anyone is better than him. Arguing that Adesanya only has “1/3 of an MMA game,” Jones accused the kickboxer of selling wolf tickets.
This dude backed himself into a corner with his mouth and is actually trying to keep the wolf tickets selling. Only a real anime fan could actually see Izzy somehow defeating me at 245 pounds. https://t.co/SqELPCkxIK— BONY (@JonnyBones) March 18, 2021
Dudes claiming to be the best MMA fighter ever, with 1/3 of an MMA game arrogance at its finest, I swear it will make you blind.— BONY (@JonnyBones) March 18, 2021
At the moment, neither man is booked, though their paths are currently diverging. Adesanya will return to Middleweight and take on the next top-ranked contender there, whereas Jones is likely to challenge the victor of UFC 260’s main event between Stipe Miocic and Francis Ngannou sometime this Summer.
That said, if Twitter blows continue to be exchanged and hype grows, I wouldn’t rule out this match up eventually.
Elite Welterweights please fight each other, part two. Gilbert Burns is doing his part!
We looking for June!— GILBERT BURNS DURINHO (@GilbertDurinho) March 18, 2021
2 guys said yes! Colby said no!
I said yes for both waiting for the UFC now @AliAbdelaziz00 #TheComeBack
More rough times for CSA Coach Kirian Fitzgibbons:
Why is this so perfect?
Why does Brunson always look like he's trying to carry all the groceries in one trip pic.twitter.com/ns5YHQPvEF— Stockton Kangaroo (@StcktnKangaroo) March 18, 2021
This is a better approach for Aljamain Sterling than getting upset.
Передайте соль, пожалуста Клоун класса— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) March 18, 2021
Pass the salt, please
•#Спасибо #ClassClown #SaltBae #UFCChamp pic.twitter.com/ZDPjKGdzJo
This Middleweight scrap should prove a lot of fun, but how does one follow up strangling a jiu-jitsu legend?
Punahele Soriano will fight Anthony Hernandez at UFC event on June 26th. (per @MMAjunkie) #UFC #MMA #UFCESPN pic.twitter.com/YxpiCcpnUO— MaRCeL DoRFF (@BigMarcel24) March 18, 2021
Some serious drive behind this takedown:
Jhaquan Anderson, of @GWUWrestling, with the big takedown to pick up the 3-1 SV-1 victory!#NCAAWrestling x @espn pic.twitter.com/g6z1aPG9tC— NCAA Wrestling (@ncaawrestling) March 18, 2021
Kevin Holland can annoy me outside of the cage, but I love some in-fight goofery. This is all excellent banter!
Slips, rips, and KO clips
I have had the privilege of training with Raymond Daniels in the last month or so, and that man is an absolute wizard.
It’s definitely a good punch when the other guy spins.
A spinning wheel kick stiffens his foe up for a huge series of right hands:
A SPINNING HEEL KICK! off the break and Manny Akpan gets it done in one 1️⃣— Cage Warriors (@CageWarriors) March 18, 2021
A sensational finish here at #CW120
Watch the #CW120 prelims now on @UFCFightPass
York Hall, London pic.twitter.com/SazQc1y3Gl
Derrick Lewis with a random bit of pain and poor decision-making:
Midnight Music: Spent the night listening to the soul station!
Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.