New Zealand middleweight champion Israel Adesanya has let rip at Jon Jones and still plans to move up and fight the man many consider to be the greatest UFC fighter of all time.
Jones recently confused fans claiming he had vacated his light heavyweight belt due to a disagreement with UFC boss Dana White.
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The American great's future in the sport is under a massive cloud after he called Dana White “stubborn and greedy" and accused the UFC boss of lying about a pay dispute that has played out very publicly over social media.
True to form, the 33-year-old confirmed in a series if tweets that he’s vacated his light heavyweight title and that the belt is “officially up for grabs.”
However, things later took a turn he he went on to claim he had a good conversation with the UFC and he was going to start ‘weight gaining’ to make a run for the heavyweight title.
While Jones appears to be moving two weight classes above Adesanya, the New Zealand champ said it won’t change anything.
Just had a really positive conversation with @Ufc. Sounds like there will be negotiations for my next fight at heavy weight. All good news, the weight gaining process begins.— BONY (@JonnyBones) August 17, 2020
“One hundred percent. It doesn’t change my plans,” the champion said about a fight the pair have alluded to for a while.
“My plan is still going forward as planned. So, yeah, same thing.”
Adesanya takes dig at Jones’ heavyweight move
Adesanya went on to claim Jones might have thought he was going to move up a division, sooner rather than later, but the New Zealand champ wants to defend his belt a couple of times first.
“Look how long it took him to move up to heavyweight,” he added in the media conference.
“He was expecting me to do it straight away, but I hadn’t even defended my belt yet ... I’m going to defend it a few more times and then do what I set out to do.
“But, yeah, the pot calling the kettle black on his part. Go put some f***ing muscle on your chopstick legs and go fight Francis Ngannou and watch him break you.
“I hope he doesn’t, though. Maybe he does. Who knows?”
Adesanya is set to defend his middleweight belt against the giant middleweight Paulo Costa o September 27 (AEST) at UFC 253.