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Daily Debate: How long before Israel Adesanya is ready for Jon Jones?

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Before UFC 234 in February, everything seemed cool between UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and Israel Adesanya, who at the time was preparing to fight Anderson Silva. But the mutual respect between Jones and Adesanya took a turn last week in the build-up to UFC 236.

During a fight week interview with TMZ, Adesanya said he was ready to pick off another “GOAT” in reference to Jones after defeating Silva by decision. That prompted a response from Jones, who scoffed at Adesanya’s win over Silva and said he’d make “The Last Stylebender” call him “daddy by the third.”

Adesanya refused to address those comments in the immediate aftermath of his interim middleweight title win over Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 236. But two days later, Adesanya sounded off. Jones fired back once more, claiming he was done with the Twitter beef.

Still, though, we have ourselves a new feud between two of the biggest names currently in the sport, perhaps laying the foundation for a future showdown. The question is when.

And so, for our latest Daily Debate, we asked: Is Adesanya ready to fight Jones now, or does he need more seasoning? The results (via Twitter):

Today's #DailyDebate for @MMAjunkieRadio: Is #UFC interim middleweight champion Israel Adesanya ready to fight light heavyweight champ Jon Jones now, or does he need more seasoning? #UFC236

— MMA Junkie (@MMAjunkie) April 16, 2019

To hear MMA Junkie Radio hosts “Gorgeous” George and “Goze” debate the topic, watch the video above.

For more on the upcoming UFC schedule, visit the UFC Rumors section of the site.

MMA Junkie Radio broadcasts Monday-Friday at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT) live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino’s Race & Sports Book. The show is hosted by “Gorgeous” George Garcia, Brian “Goze” Garcia and Dan Tom. For more information or to download past episodes, go to www.mmajunkie.com/radio. You can also check out www.siriusxm.com/siriusxmfightnation.


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