Israel Adesanya Takes Poke at Jon Jones’ Striking, While Responding to “Bones” Offer to Help Train Robert Whittaker

Ever since Israel Adesanya relayed he hopes to fight Jon Jones at some juncture, the two have traded verbal shots online and through the media. So much so, Jones has told Robert Whittaker that he’d be happy to help him prepare for his upcoming bout with Adesanya. Not surprisingly, “The Last Stylebender” had some interesting things to say about that…

Recently Jones reported that he hopes Whittaker puts away Adesanya at UFC 243, and then he offered to help train the middleweight champ for the contest. Well, Adesanya was recently a guest on “Submission Radio“, and the interim 185 champ had this to say about Jones’ offer (quotes via MMA Fighting):

“Let him. F*ck, this is what I mean. Get f*cking ISIS. Bring whoever has to help you get ready for this fight, cause they can’t save you. No one can save you. If he thinks Jon Jones is gonna help him – look at Jon Jones’ striking. Don’t even insult me. Come on, man. Wrestling, yes. Get Jon Jones to help you with your wrestling.”

“F*cking, Rob, shoot on me. Please, come on. No one’s got me down and kept me down. You’ve done it to [Yoel] Romero, you might be the one. I advise him to shoot on me. Try to keep me down. If not, strike with me. Do your little one-one, two, and then throw your right high kick. Do your little oblique kick. F*cking hell. What else? He’s good with the left hook, and that’s one thing, no one’s ever… [laughs] ah f*ck it, no one ever makes him check the left hook. No one ever makes him check [it]. I’ll give him the blueprint and I’ll still whoop his ass. No one ever makes him respect the left hook like that. No one ever makes him hesitate with the left hook. F*cking hell. Just, I advise him to shoot. I won’t Jorge Masvidal him, but I advise him to shoot. Straight up shoot, then wrestle f*ck me.”

So, ya. If you’ve followed Adesanya’s rise up the UFC ranks, then you’re well aware of his abilities to make headline grabbing comments. Will Adesanya and Jones fight at some point? If Adesanya becomes the undisputed champ and defends the title a few times, you just never know. Even though he would be very undersized for the match-up.

First things first, however, and that’s getting by Whittaker. A guy who has defeated Yoel Romero, not once, but twice, and who hasn’t lost a bout since 2014.

UFC 243 will take place in Melbourne, Australia on October 5th.