Adesanya tells Jones his mother would be disappointed at who he is

Israel Adesanya tells Jon Jones his mother – who died in 2017 – would be disappointed at who he has become… but UFC’s pound-for-pound No 1 hits back as war of words escalates

  • Israel Adesanya and Jon Jones have been locked in heated Twitter exchange 
  • Middleweight champion told Jones his mother would be disappointed in him  
  • Jones has had run-ins with the law and failed two drugs tests in the UFC  
  • His mother died in 2017 and ‘Bones’ responded with stream of messages 

Israel Adesanya’s online war of words with Jon Jones escalated once more with the middleweight champion telling ‘Bones’ his mother would be disappointed in him. 

Jones, who was previously guilty of a hit-and-run felony involving a pregnant woman in 2015 and has had a number of other run-ins with the authorities, struck back with a stream of messages.  

Adesanya had written: ‘My pops already told me how I’d beat you. Trust me he knows. Your mom would be disappointed in who you’ve become.’

Israel Adesanya made a dig about Jon Jones’s mother, who passed away back in 2017 


Jones’s mother Camille died in 2017 after a long battle with diabetes and he responded by assuring Adesanya that she would be proud of him. 

He wrote: ‘Sitting with tens of millions of dollars, children on fire about Jesus Christ, one of the greatest martial artist and world history. Sure my mom is disappointed, why you mad bro?

‘My mother was an amazing humanitarian. I know for a fact that the care project makes her more proud than anything I’ve done in the UFC.

‘Izzy thanks for giving me the opportunity to highlight my amazing mother this afternoon, now I’m just missing her. Are we still on for 2021?’

He then continued with more separate posts, writing: ‘Will fight me at any weight you said right?’

And: ‘The world is waiting’.

Jones concluded with: ‘I’m over here kicking myself for arguing with a man that watches cartoons. I did myself a disservice today.’

Jones has vacated his light-heavyweight title and is currently moving up to heavyweight 

Jones and Adesanya have long spoken about fighting each other, even though the former light-heavyweight champion vacated his belt and is preparing to make his debut two weight divisions above the Nigerian-born New Zealander. 

And their rivalry has intensified since Adesanya’s impressive second-round TKO win over Paulo Costa at UFC 253 at the weekend. 

Jones even accused the middleweight champion of growing breasts’ after seeing the misshapen appearance of one his pectoral muscles. 

Plenty of fans took to social media at the time to point out the unusual shape with many even accusing him of taking steroids. Some steroid users can find they have gynecomastia, a swelling of male breast tissue.

Adesanya delivered one of his best ever performances to beat Paulo Costa at UFC 253

Adesanya has addressed the accusations about his swollen muscle, telling ESPN that he has had a blood test and two MRI scans of his pituitary gland to diagnose the problem since fighting on Saturday night. 

He has never failed a doping test and denied ever having taken steroids. 

Jones is working hard on levelling up to heavyweight where a huge showdown with Stipe Miocic awaits but clearly a fight with Adesanya remains on his radar.  

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