Israel Adesanya heard the reports of Jon Jones offering to help UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker train for their fight later this year, and needless to say, he’s unimpressed.
Adesanya’s been having something of a back and forth with both Jones and Whittaker over the past few months, and is set to meet Whittaker in Melbourne on October 5. And while Adesanya is currently challenging for 185-pound gold, Jones has taken an interest in his lighter rival, and it seems as if UFC president Dana White is on board to make that cross division contest some time in the future.
Indeed, such is the mutual interest between Jones and Adesanya, that the 205-pound champion publicly offered to help Whittaker train ahead of the fight later this year, something Adesanya is scoffing at.
“Get fucking ISIS. Bring whoever has to help you get ready for this fight, ‘cos they can’t save you,” Adesanya said, speaking with Submission Radio. “No one can save you. For me, it’s just the people who got me to the dance. … The same people who’ve always helped get me ready, get me ready. If I have to bring one new [person in], I bring in someone we can actually use, that we can actually get better with.
“If he thinks Jon Jones is gonna help him, look at Jon Jones’ striking. Are you.. don’t even insult me. Come on, man. Wrestling, yes. Get Jon Jones to help you with your wrestling. Fucking Rob, shoot on me. Please, no one’s got me down and kept me down. You’ve done it to [Yoel] Romero, you might be the one. I advise you to shoot on me. Try 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. Fucking hell. What else? He’s good with a left hook, that’s one thing no one ever.. fuck it, no one ever makes him check the left hook.
“I’ll give him the blueprint and I’ll still whoop his ass. No one makes him respect the left hook like that. No one ever makes him hesitate with the left hook. Fucking hell. I advise him to shoot, I won’t Jorge Masvidal him, but I advise him to shoot and wrestlefuck me. Come.”
UFC 243 takes place in Melbourne, Australia on October 5.