Israel Adesanya is the the name on everyone's lips in the UFC right now and the Nigerian born New Zealander could soon be on the path to face Jon Jones, a fight that will happen according to Dana White.
On Saturday night Israel Adesanya and Kelvin Gastelum fought out a brilliant contest to crown the interim middleweight champion at UFC 236 with Adesanya coming out on top of a unanimous decision after five brilliant rounds.
The New Zealander is in line to face Robert Whittaker at some point in the future to unify the interim belt with the 'actual' title, although the 'Last Stylebender' has said that he's willing to wait for that fight.
However as well as that big fight the 29 year old has another potential huge fight in his future as his 'feud' with light heavyweight champion Jon Jones continues to heat up.
On Friday Jones, said in a now deleted tweet, "now come f*ck with the King of the jungle. I'll make you call me daddy by the third." After Saturday's fight Adesanya said he didn't want to talk about Jones but soon changed his tune telling Ariel Helwani, "I am everything he wished he was. I'm everything he wished he would've been.
"He's all, 'I want to thank God for whatever,' meanwhile he's in the bathroom (makes snorting cocaine gesture), and hiding under a cage to avoid USADA. I know some things, the street is talking and everyone knows what's going on behind the scenes. So I am everything he wished he was."
Adesanya is unbeaten in six fights in UFC. Image: PA Images
With the rivalry now ramped up to 11 UFC president Dana White has stepped in to say that the two will inevitably fight. Speaking to MMAJunkie White said:
"(Adesanya has) got Whittaker to look forward to now. Whittaker is a bad dude. He's bigger than Kelvin, he hits harder than Kelvin, and he needs to focus on him right now.
"I know him and Jon Jones have been talking some smack, and listen, if he wins, and he becomes the middleweight champion, obviously I'd love to see him and Jon Jones fight. But we'll see how everything plays out and timing. Because the other thing is if Israel fights Whittaker and wins, there's other guys that have been waiting in line, too, to fight for the title. If (Ronald) 'Jacare' (Souza) keeps winning and doesn't get a title fight, that guy might kill me.
"But that Jon Jones fight is going to be out there for Israel no matter what. That ain't going anywhere."
Jones vs Adeseyma is a fight that will happen in the future. Image: PA Images
It's certainly heating up to be a great rivalry and if each man can keep winning then it could lead to an extremely good future fight.
Can Adesanya beat Jones or will he just be the latest man to fall to possibly the greatest of all time?