Jones on Adesanya comparisons: We’re black with similar body types, that’s it
Jon Jones addresses the comparisons made between him and undefeated middleweight contender Israel Adesanya.
There have been comparisons between light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and undefeated middleweight Israel Adesanya. The two fighters, however, do not see the similarities that most people are noticing.
“The Last Stylebender”, for one, is not a fan of being identified with any other fighter.
“For me, it’s not about Jon Jones,” Adesanya said during the UFC on FOX 29 media day in April of last year. “It’s just, I mean, I feel like it’s disrespectful to compare me or what I’ve done throughout my career to someone else – whether it be Anderson (Silva), Conor (McGregor), Chael (Sonnen), whoever.
“I just feel I’m not the next blah blah blah. I’m the first me, and the one and only me. So people need to get used to it.”
“The comparison’s cool, but it’s not really cool.”
“Bones” does see some similarities, but they do not go beyond the superficial.
“I feel like we’re both … we have similar body types, and we’re both black. And that’s about it.” Jones said in an interview with the UFC. “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.
“I feel like our game is very different,” he continued. “But I do respect him a lot. He is going to be a force to be reckoned with and it’s great for the sport. He’s a great talker, he finishes fights and he’s a very exciting young man.”
Adesanya is currently slated to face former long-time middleweight champion Anderson Silva this weekend as the co-headliners of UFC 234 in Melbourne, Australia. Jones, meanwhile, will defend his title against Anthony Smith at UFC 235 on March 2nd in Las Vegas.