Jon Jones may not be fighting in UFC until sometime in 2023, but he’s still keeping a close eye on the sport, and those within it who have talked trash at him over the years.
As UFC 281 raged inside Madison Square Garden in New York, N.Y., last night (Sat., Nov. 12, 2022), “Bones” shares his thoughts on several of the fights via social media, including ones involving Dominick Reyes and Israel Adesanya. Reyes has had something of a one-sided feud with Jones since losing a controversial decision to the then-champ at UFC 247. And to say Adesanya and Jones don’t get along would be an understatement.
“Izzy mentions me in an interview on a monthly basis,” Jones wrote as part of a fiery series of tweets in 2020. “The only time you hear for me is when I respond. It’s no secret that I want to break this clown’s neck. B—h is hiding behind The Internet and his coaches.”
So, it was somewhat surprising to see Jones take the high road after Israel Adesanya lost his Middleweight title via fifth round technical knockout to Alex Pereira in UFC 281’s main event (watch highlights). After a fan poked at him to, “troll Izzy already,” Jones replied,
“Now why would I go and do something like that?”
Now why would I go and do something like that? https://t.co/3bKsKaOAFu— BONY (@JonnyBones) November 13, 2022
Instead, Jones congratulated Pereira on his win, writing, “It’s already yours Champ, Congratulations! Incredibly happy for you and your team.”
It’s already yours Champ, Congratulations! Incredibly happy for you and your team. https://t.co/GGk1kOCsvx— BONY (@JonnyBones) November 13, 2022
He did take a roundabout shot at Adesanya not being on his level by bringing up a tweet made by Khabib Nurmagomedov prior to Izzy’s loss.
As for Reyes — who was knocked out badly just 1:20 into his fight with Ryan Spann (watch it here) — Jones was more critical.
'Get on the sidelines permanently or get in the game'— BONY (@JonnyBones) November 13, 2022
That was his message to me in one of his last interviews, now that’s my message back to him. https://t.co/U7xvnayY7C— BONY (@JonnyBones) November 13, 2022
“‘Get on the sidelines permanently or get in the game,’” Jones wrote. “That was his message to me in one of his last interviews, now that’s my message back to him.”
I didn’t take his confidence, in his mind he beat me. Maybe that’s his problem. https://t.co/wofHtza2zv— BONY (@JonnyBones) November 13, 2022
I don’t know if feel bad are the words, I would say more like concerned for his health. https://t.co/cnV4GaAo0j— BONY (@JonnyBones) November 13, 2022
Asked if he felt bad for Reyes’ quick loss, he replied, “I don’t know if feel bad are the words, I would say more like concerned for his health.”
Jones has been toiling away in preparation for a long-awaited Heavyweight debut that he hoped would go down on UFC 282 in December. Unfortunately, plans to have him face Francis Ngannou or Stipe Mioicic never came together ... and according to UFC President, Dana White, Jones vs. Miocic was never even discussed.
“Jon Jones will fight next year, for sure,” he said at UFC 281’s post-fight press conference. “We never had a Stipe-Jon Jones fight.”
With Ngannou still preparing to leave UFC and Miocic content to retire if the promotion doesn’t court him properly, it’s a big question who Jones could face later in 2023. Until then, we’ll have to make do with the Light Heavyweight G.O.A.T.’s occasional Twitter splurges.
For complete UFC 281: “Adesanya vs. Pereira” results and play-by-play, click HERE.