Israel Adesanya and Jon Jones have had a beef for a long time now as they have gone back and forth against each other on social media time and again. It all started when ‘The Last Stylebender’ expressed his desire to fight one of the greatest UFC fighters, Jon Jones.
Both the fighters are the reigning champions in their respective divisions and fight two weight-classes apart. So, a match-up between them is probably not going to happen anytime soon.
Recently, a clip was doing rounds on social media which suggests that both the fighters may have decided to end their beef. The duo was seen sparring and having fun together.
On his YouTube Channel, Adesanya was asked about him meeting Jon Jones. To which, the UFC middleweight champion answered that it was a ‘divine intervention’.
He also said that the fans may see them training together soon. As two of the best current UFC fighters have squashed their beef, fight fans are filled with joy.
best thing that could happen for Izzy. Jones can get him skilled up to the max. tonnes of potential here!
— Jonny Flynn 📸 🌱 (@radicaleyemag) July 17, 2023
Another tweet suggested that both of them could help each other for their upcoming fights as they have different strengths.
Izzy can make Jones a better striker and Jones can make Izzy a better wrestler and grappler. Can’t hurt.
— Chris (@SportsF4natic55) July 17, 2023
As Adesanya is expected to fight Dricus du Plessis in his next fight, a fan tweeted that the South African stands no chance now.
This is such a crazy picture still to this day but if they training together then DDP truly stands no chance. I mean he didn’t before but now it’s a lock to bet the whole house on Izzy 🇳🇬
— Everyday’s a battle (@anotherMMA_fan) July 17, 2023
One Twitter user even found this development between the two fighters a bit weird because of their history.
Am I the only one that finds this really weird? Beef for so long, constantly talking shit, now all of a sudden they’re buddies?
— MJGoat4Life (@diddy23_b) July 17, 2023
We will have to wait how the new friendship between them help them in their careers.
Israel Adesanya vs Jon Jones rivalry
Although Jon Jones and Israel Adesanya have decided to settle their differences now, there was a time when these two were constantly thrashing each other in interviews and on social media.
So, let us revisit the beef between the two UFC champions.
The rivalry was seen taking shape in 2018 when Adesanya started to establish his prominence in the UFC and was often being compared to Jon Jones. The latter did not like it and totally dismissed the argument.
The heavyweight champion took to Twitter to take a shot at Adesanya. “I’m curious to hear what his father tells him when he asks about fighting me. I wonder if his father believes he’s ready? Eugene [Bareman] definitely doesn’t.”
‘Stylebender’ then responded by confirming that his father was ready for their fight. he also added that Jones’ mother will be disappointed in him. So, clearly, things went personal too soon and fans were expecting a potential match-up between them.
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At that time, it was even viable because Jones used to fight in the light-heavyweight division and Izzy in the 185 lb. category.
However, nothing materialized in this aspect and now that Jones has moved up a division to become the heavyweight champion, the chances of a potential fight look quite dull.