We should not count out the idea of an Israel Adesanya – Jon Jones fight just yet.
Despite the divergent roads the UFC rivals have traveled over the last year the superfight between Adesanya and Jones is one that “The Last Stylebender” still expects to entertain before all is said and done.
“The story’s not told yet, Ariel,” Adesanya told host Ariel Helwani. “The story’s still out there.”
“I don’t think we’re ever going to see Jon Jones fight at heavyweight.”
“F*ck, he’s been saying this since 2013. You either get it done or you don’t.”
“For me, I jumped up [a division] within three years of [being with] the company,” Adesanya said. “I jumped into the division ahead of me. The guys up there respect me — even the champion up there gave me my props. So yeah, I just think it’s not something that anyone can do. And he’s getting fat for no reason now.”
For now, both Jones and Adesanya have other priorities.
“I see it. I see it 100 percent,” Adesanya said. “But that’s the thing. You’ve got to know when to hold them, you’ve got to know when to fold them, and the song is not over yet. So stay tuned. We’ll fight one day. I don’t know where or how it’s going to happen. I just have an idea of what’s going to happen. But yeah, see if he moves up in weight first. See if he moves up in weight first and deals with these guys there. I think he can, but does he think he can?”