The UFC’s newly crowned middleweight champion Israel Adesanya has been angered by comments aimed at him by light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones in recent days.
Jones took a snipe at Adesanya after his big win in Australia, mocking his intention to fight him in 2021 by stating that he didn’t need to wait that long to be confident about winning.
Now Adesanya has fired back at Jones during an expletive-filled interview with ESPN’s Ariel Helwani.
“You saw what I did this weekend?” Adesanya told Ariel Helwani. “My confidence? Get my f*cking nuts out of your mouth, bruh. . . This guy obviously is trying to force my hand. He’s trying to force my hand and I’m not stupid. It’s not about I’m not confident. Trust me, I will f*ck this motherf*cker up when I fight him. I just have to do what I have to do. I have to defend my belt. I just defended my belt and I am the new unified king. There’s three more killers, four more killers I have to f*ck up at middleweight first. And then, then I will move up in weight, then I’ll jump up and f*ck this guy [up].”
Adesanya is sticking to his guns as far as his plans go, but he is quick to point out that Jones seems to be continually moving the goalposts in terms of what he is aiming to do in the coming years.
“I can’t wait,” Adesanya said. “I plan everything from the jump. I showed everyone, this is what I am going to do and this is how I am going to do it. And I already said Raiders Stadium, Las Vegas, 2021. And he’s f*cking contradicting himself. ‘Oh I think I’m alright here, I’m not going to move up to heavyweight,’ this and that. ‘Why do I have to move up to heavyweight? I don’t want to fight DC at heavyweight. Now DC is retiring, okay I might move up to heavyweight.’
“He’s just contradicting himself. He’s just trying to take my moment. You can’t even f*ck with me right now, dude. Look at me, Ariel! Who the f*ck is the new face of UFC? Do you think Jon Jones can ever pull some sh*t like that? I saw him with that f*cking bullsh*t ass Nelly entrance when he did the electric slide or some sh*t. Bruh, this ain’t the same person. You can’t f*ck with me on anything.”
Adesanya then went on to claim that Jones is just jealous that he is stealing the spotlight from him.
“He is jealous. He sees the freshman that is f*cking taking all the shine. He sees the guy that’s the f*cking new dog in the yard. And they’re intimidated, they’re jealous and they don’t know how to act.
“He’s always been a fan and he’s still a fan. I know he’s a fan but he’s always just trying to do what he does and I’m like, ‘Just wait your turn.’ I am not going to be one of these guys who doesn’t defend his belt. I am going to defend my belt actively. I am not going to be like him and fight twice a year. They’re all trying to copy my sh*t so let me just defend my belt, then I will move up and I’ll come f*ck him up.”