Jon Jones Vs. Israel Adesanya - UFC Mega-Fight Teased For December 2021
Adesanya makes his highly-anticipated UFC light-heavyweight debut this weekend as he faces 205lbs king Jan Blachowicz in the main-event of UFC 259.
And 'The Last Stylebender' is eyeing a clash with 'Bones' later this year having previously targeted a bout at the new Raiders stadium in Las Vegas.
Speaking about a potential move up in weight to heavyweight, he told Ariel Helwani: "Where does heavyweight fit into all of this?
"Like I said, I want to go back down to 185lbs, but I have to see how this plays out because... yeah, the continent of Africa deserves three world champions from the UFC, it is a stronger image, it is a stronger, more powerful connection, you know what I mean? So, yeah."
On a fight against Jones, he insists there must be a crowd with the UFC currently operating behind closed doors in America.
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"Unfortunately, it may not be in summer or July, but there is still December. There is still December 2021," the 31-year-old added.
"All I know is that fight needs a crowd. I can't do that in an empty arena."
Israel Adesanya's prediction has shifted to December :crystal_ball:
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- ESPN MMA (@espnmma) March 2, 2021
UFC president Dana White wants to see Adesanya and Jones go at it having previously revealed his desire to book them against each other.
"That's the fight I would love to see," he said about Jones vs. Adesanya back in December 2020.
"Somebody asked me yesterday if you could make one fight in 2021 - that's the fight that I picked."
Adesanya, who last fought in September 2020 when he destroyed Paulo Costa, returns to action this weekend while Jones is expected to make his heavyweight bow in the summer.
Who wins a potential bout between Jones and Adesanya? Let us know what you think.
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