Jon Jones isn’t buying Adesanya comparisons: “We have similar body types, and we’re both black. And that’s about it.”

Jon Jones isn’t buying Adesanya comparisons: “We have similar body types, and we’re both black. And that’s about it.”

Jon Jones thinks Israel Adesanya is an impressive fighter, but they aren’t similar.

By Oscar Willis - 8 Feb 2019

As soon as he entered the UFC, Israel Adesanya was compared to Jon Jones and Anderson Silva.

This weekend in Melbourne, Australia, he meets one of those men in Silva — a fellow precision punching striker with expert technique. But what about Jones? What does the UFC light heavyweight think of his comparisons to the younger man?

Not a lot, really.

“I feel like we’re both … we have similar body types, and we’re both black. And that’s about it. Jones said in a video posted by UFC News. “I don’t think we fight alike. I don’t think we fight similar. I do a lot of wrestling and heavy ground-and-pound and a lot of submissions, and I do strike from both stances. (But) I feel like our game is very different.”

That being said, Jones does at least appreciate Adesanya’s skills.

“I do respect him a lot,” Jones said. “I think he is going to be a force to be reckoned with. He’s great for the sport, great talker, finishes fights, and he’s very exciting.”

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