12 Apr - 
Morning Report: Israel Adesanya to Jon Jones: ‘I’ve already killed one GOAT, I’m hunting the next’

This Saturday, Israel Adesanya has the chance to compete for his first UFC title when he takes on Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 236 in Atlanta, Ga. But if Adesanya has his way, it won’t be his last one.

Last month, UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones said he “has a feeling” he will fight Adesanya one day and “The Last Stylebender” agrees.

“He was right and when I heard about it - I think maybe two days after he said it - I was like, ‘Oh, really?’” Adesanya told TMZ Sports recently. “I had receipts. I had some screenshots from prior and then I posted them to show that I was already on that same plane. So yeah, great minds think alike.”

It’s easy to see why a fight between the two could be in the offing somewhere down the line. Jones is arguably the greatest fighter in the history of the sport and Adesanya is perhaps the most hyped prospect since Jones. The middleweight contender made his UFC debut last February and has since racked up five wins and four performance bonuses. His last fight was in February against another all time great, Anderson Silva, and since then, Adesanya says he’s gotten a taste for GOAT.

“It does tickle my loins,” Adesanya said. “It does make me feel some type of way. I like challenges. [Jones] is the GOAT right now, right? I’ve already killed one GOAT, I’m hunting the next.”

But Adesanya isn’t counting his chickens just yet. When asked how he matches up with Jones, The Last Stylebender said that was something to worry about later, he has plenty to do at middleweight first.

“Focus on this weekend,” Adesanya said. “That’s way down the line. I’ve still got to run through all these middleweights first. So we’ll focus on that later on. That’s just a little teaser. Later on we’ll talk about that.”

It’s wise of Adesanya to not get ahead of himself because this weekend presents his toughest fight yet in the Octagon. Since moving up to middleweight, Kelvin Gastelum has been on a tear and his aggressive, pressuring style figures to be one of the harder matchups for The Last Stylebender. Adesanya isn’t worried though, he’s convinced he’s too good.

“I’m looking forward to the fight itself, fighting against a warrior like Gastelum,” Adesanya said. “He presents some good challenges. Certain things he does really well. Only a few things, but I have a lot of things I do very, very well. He’s durable so I just have to do what I do and slow cook him. Don’t rush, take my time. I want to touch him as much as possible and anyone I touch on any level - head, legs, body - they can’t handle it. So eventually, within five rounds, he will fall.”


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VIDEO STEW

The MMA Beat.

Embedded.

Forrest breaks down Izzy-Gastelum.

Anatomy of a Fighter.

Izzy BTS.

MMA middleweight rankings history.


LISTEN UP

The MMA Vivisection. Previewing the biggest fights at UFC 236.

UFC Unfiltered. Interviews with Israel Adesanya, Alan Jouban, and Rodney Atkins.


SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE

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Cody still on it.

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Bryce Mitchell is all of us.

Certified official.

Cejudo.

If y’all don’t know, Gable Stevenson finished 3rd in the NCAAs this year as a true freshman and is a decorated juniors wrestler. Big time heavyweight prospect.


FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Danny Roberts (16-4) vs. Michel Pereira (22-9, 2 NC); UFC Rochester, May 18.


FINAL THOUGHTS

Good week everyone. Solid effort all around. Why don’t you all take the day off and enjoy a long weekend?

Thanks for reading and see y’all on Monday.


EXIT POLL


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