Anderson Silva says Israel Adesanya disrespected Jon Jones in verbal exchange

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It's easy to see why the likes of Anderson Silva, Jon Jones and Israel Adesanya draw plenty of similarities with their exciting fighting styles.

The Last Stylebender is understandably under the spotlight right now. His quick rise to the top of the middleweight division saw him pick up a decision victory over The Spider, before taking part in one of the greatest fights ever inside of the Octagon to claim the interim middleweight championship against Kelvin Gastelum.

INTERIM CHAMP

The title victory has now set up a unification clash against Robert Whittaker, potentially in Australia.

Since the victory, Adesanya has been going back and forth with light heavyweight king, Jon Jones.

Their bitter verbal exchange has seen many fans debate which way a potential fight to go, with Adesanya claiming he wants time to prepare for Jones, rather than meeting him inside of the Octagon right now.

Following the comments, Silva has now entered the picture to give his thoughts on the situation.

Although many would agree that Bones started this back and forth exchange, Silva has criticised Adesanya for disrespecting Jones when he spoke to reporters at a UFC media event in Brazil.

DISRESPECT

According to Bloody Elbow, he said: "The way I see it, as an athlete, [Adesanya] disrespected Jon Jones.

UFC 234 Adesanya v Silva

“I think for the business, for Dana, it’s great. It’s great business for the UFC. Regardless of whether they fight or not, the UFC wins, and the fans.

"But there is a lack of respect. I think he crossed the line a bit.

“With time, he’ll learn how to deal with those things. I think he has to respect everything Jon Jones has done. It’s two great fighters.

"In the future, who knows – they might fight. But I’m from a time when you have honour. You respect everyone’s space. And that’s my opinion."

UFC 235 Jones v Smith

With the way UFC president Dana White tends to book 'super fights,' it wouldn't be a huge surprise to see the two go at it.

However, Jones' focus could be towards the heavyweight division instead.

While trading verbal jabs with Adesanya, Jones is preparing for a huge title defence during International Fight Week against the hard-hitting Thiago Santos - with the likes of Stipe Miocic and even Daniel Cormier potential opponents further down the line.

It's clear that Jones and Silva share a good relationship, so it's no surprise who the Brazilian sided with.

What do you make of Anderson Silva's comments on the Jon Jones and Israel Adesanya situation? Have YOUR say in the comments section below.

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