Israel Adesanya was crowned the interim middleweight champion at UFC 236 last Saturday.
Because of his win, the 29-year-old is now in line to face Robert Whittaker to unify the interim belt with the ‘actual’ title, although he said he’s willing to wait for that fight as someone else is currently in his sights.
Adesanya has another potential huge fight coming up, as his “feud” with light heavyweight champion Jon Jones continues to heat up.
On Friday, Jones tweeted: “Now come f*ck with the king of the jungle. I’ll make you call me daddy by the third.”
Adesanya said he didn’t want to talk about Jones, but soon changed his mind, telling Ariel Helwani: “I am everything he wished he was. I’m everything he wished he would’ve been.
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“He's all, 'I want to thank God for whatever,' meanwhile he's in the bathroom (makes snorting cocaine gesture) and hiding under a cage to avoid USADA.
"I know some things, the street is talking and everyone knows what's going on behind the scenes. So I am everything he wished he was."
With the rivalry heating up, UFC president Dana White stepped in to say the two will inevitably fight.
White told MMAJunkie: “(Adesanya has) got Whittaker to look forward to now. Whittaker is a bad dude. He’s bigger than Kelvin, he hits harder than Kelvin, and he needs to focus on him right now.
“I know him and Jon Jones have been talking some smack, and listen, if he wins, and he becomes the middleweight champion, obviously I’d love to see him and Jon Jones fight.
"But we’ll see how everything plays out and timing. Because the other thing is if Israel fights Whittaker and wins, there’s other guys that have been waiting in line too, to fight for the title.
“But that Jon Jones fight is going to be out there for Israel no matter what. That ain’t going anywhere.”
With the confirmation from the UFC president himself, we can now expect the fight at some point.
Can Adesanya beat Jones, or will he just fall to the light heavyweight champion?