Jon Jones Endorses Adesanya’s Hiatus Following UFC 293 Defeat
Following his startling defeat at UFC 293, Israel “The Last Stylebender” Adesanya receives unexpected support from former rival Jon Jones. Adesanya’s decision to step back from the competition for an extensive period finds resonance with Jones, who recently re-emerged from a similar hiatus.
Adesanya, dethroned as the UFC middleweight champion after a striking masterclass from Sean Strickland, has faced turmoil both inside and outside the octagon. Notably, a drunk-driving conviction in New Zealand added to the professional setbacks for the star. He now seeks respite from a demanding fight schedule, echoing sentiments from a past version of Jones who took a significant sabbatical from 2020 to 2023.
Jones, whose disputes with the UFC and legal troubles, including an arrest in Las Vegas, kept him outside the cage, marked his return by seizing the heavyweight title from Ciryl Gane at UFC 284. This victory underscored the potential rejuvenation awaiting Adesanya, who might follow a parallel path back to dominance.
Despite a history of public feuds, the two fighters have reached a détente, hinting at potential collaborative training in the future. Jones, endorsing Adesanya’s sabbatical, reflected on his journey, emphasizing the personal growth and clarity he gained during his time off.
While Adesanya’s return remains uncertain, his trajectory mirrors the career of Jon Jones closely, highlighting the physical and mental tolls elite fighters endure. As Adesanya re-evaluates his professional and personal life, the MMA community watches, understanding that this break could herald a formidable comeback, much like Jones’ resurgence.
Hey @stylebender I just want to let you know I support your decision to take a break from fighting. Taking those last three years off was one of the best decisions I’ve made. Always put YOU first brother. Protect your heart, protect your mimd & spirit. Proud of you Champ.
— BONY (@JonnyBones) October 15, 2023