Jon Jones and Yoel Romero. Photos (© Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports, Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports)

Jon Jones praises Yoel Romero for fight against Israel Adesanya

"Would’ve loved to seen you be more..."

Despite the middleweight title fight between champ Israel Adesanya and challenger Yoel Romero being hated by fans, Jon Jones had nothing but praise for the latter. 

Some feuds simply don’t die down very easily. The ill will between UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and middleweight champ Israel Adesanya is still there. The two have gone back and forth, sniping at each other via social media and at press conferences.

Adesanya most recently defended his title against Yoel Romero at UFC 248 in an uneventful and heavily criticised fight. The two didn’t deliver as much action as the fans had expected, and they let both fighters hear it, showering them with boos during and after the fight. While many, including UFC president Dana White, laid most of the blame on Romero, Jones did not let Adesanya off the hook.


In a post on social media, found by fans, Jones had nothing but praise for Romero, undoubtedly a slight towards Adesanya.

“Bro you are a few years into stand up fighting and you stood with him for 25 minute straight,” Jones wrote in the post. “I thought you represented yourself and your team very well. Would’ve loved to seen you be more versatile, using your wrestling and grappling, that would’ve made the difference. You fought him where he was best at and was so close. Proud of you.”

Jones most recently defended his title against Dominick Reyes at UFC 247. Much like Adesanya’s most recent defense, it was a close fight. In fact, many fans and pundits alike scored the fight for Reyes. Many fans have been interested in seeing Jones and Adesanya face each other, though with sports events being cancelled world wide, that potential match up will no doubt be delayed – If it even happens.

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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