It continues: Jon Jones fires back at “F***ing nerd” Israel Adesanya

If Jon Jones wasn't interested in fighting Israel Adesanya, then his actions certainly seem to contradict his sentiments as he continues to go after "The Last Stylebender"

In a somewhat unexpected twist, newly crowned middleweight champ Israel Adesanya has had the most back-and-forth with light heavyweight champ Jon Jones. Despite Adesanya having an intense rivalry with Brazilian knockout artist Paulo Costa, Jones has been the bigger antagonist. It began with Adesanya openly speaking of a potential move up to light heavyweight. This seemingly rubbed Jones  the wrong way, and the two have been at odds since,

Recently, Adesanya was the one to fire the latest shots, in an interview with Ariel Helwani.


“He’s a fan and he’s always been a fan. But, he just tries to do what he does and, just wait your turn. I am not going to be one of these guys who doesn’t defend his belt, I ‘m going to defend my belt actively. I’m not going to be like him and fight twice a year. Let me defend my belt, then I will move up and fuck him up.”

Jones caught wind of the interview, and made his feelings clear, as he made a retort on Twitter.

Adesanya’s nick name, is  a reference to Avatar: The Last Airbender, as the middleweight champ is a huge fan of manga and Japanese anime. Jones went after his new rivals interests in his following post.

Jones insists that he is in the pursuit of greatness, and that he wants legacy-building fights. While he may not want to admit it, the way that Adesanya has been competing will do all the more in service of his own legacy, which, given time, may be able to compare with Jones.

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With roots in muay thai and as an avid combat sports fan, Sebastian Vendel-Martinez grew up while the MMA scene was blossoming in Sweden. He became part of the MMAnytt team in 2012 and has gone on to become one of the most prominent MMA reporters in Scandinavia. Currently he continues to work as a writer, reporter, video producer/editor and head editor for