Jones (25-1 MMA, 12- UFC) introduced on Monday that he’d reached an agreement with the UFC brass to vacate his light-weight heavyweight championship. Jones indicated that negotiations would get underway to see a very long-anticipated move up to heavyweight but does not have a debut booked.
Jones to heavyweight has been talked about for yrs. It’s never ever entirely panned out, but it appears the time quickly could arrive. One of the fights he could be leaving driving at 205 pounds, nevertheless, is against the middleweight champ Adesanya, who has expressed the drive to transfer up and battle Jones when the timing is right.
Jones experimented with a number of times to put the pressure on Adesanya to come up, but “The Past Stylebender” stated he’d only do it on his phrases. If that indicates Jones is no lengthier there, then so be it.
“Look how very long it took him to transfer up to heavyweight,” Adesanya explained to reporters, together with MMA Junkie, for the duration of Tuesday’s UFC 253 media connect with. “Finally. He was expecting me to do it straight away, but I hadn’t defended my belt still. I have defended my belt two times now, I’m likely to defend it a number of more occasions and then do what I set out to do. But, yeah, the pot contacting the kettle black on his component. Go set some (expletive) muscle on your chopstick legs and go (expletive) struggle Francis Ngannou and observe him split you. I hope he does not, although. Maybe he does. Who is familiar with?”
Inspite of Jones’ transfer, Adesanya said he’s not using the matchup off the table. Adesanya has claimed in the previous that battling at heavyweight is portion of his personal occupation route, so it is attainable that’s where by he could at some point fulfill Jones.
“One hundred per cent. It does not adjust my plans,” Adesanya reported. “My system is however likely forward as prepared. So, yeah, exact point.”
Very first and foremost, even though, Adesanya has the job of defending his 185-pound title from Paulo Costa. They meet in the primary party of UFC 253, which takes position Sept. 26 at an unannounced area. The key card airs on pay back-per-perspective subsequent prelims on ESPN and ESPN+.