In the latest issue of DC & Helwani, Cormier said Israel’s Adesanya victories in the middleweight division were the most convincing that he could beat Jones. However, after watching Adesany’s performance over the weekend, DC believes Jones would be “too big” for The Last Stylebender.
Here is what Daniel Cormier said about the potential fight between Israel Adesanya and Jon Jones:
At UFC 259, Israel Adesanya failed to beat Jan Blachowicz. The current UFC welterweight champion has successfully defended his title for the first time. He and Adesanya filled the distance a full 25 minutes in the UFC APEX.
With Blachowicz successfully establishing his place at the top of the light heavyweight division, the Polish champion should now focus on Glover Teixeira.
The current champion has even made it clear that Teixeira, who was a reserve fighter for UFC 259 main event, is the next to challenge for the 205-pound title.
What awaits Israel Adesanya after UFC 259?
Despite suffering its first defeat at UFC 259, Israel Adesanya now wants to come back and restore the terms of victory. The current UFC middleweight champion is expected to return to 185 and focus on his division for now.
With former champion Robert Whittaker set to face Paul Costa on April 17, the winner could resume the game against Adesanya later this year. Other candidates in the division include such as Kevin Holland, Marvin Vettori and Darren Till.
In a recent interview, Israel Adesanya even mentioned that it will be Till if there is someone he would prefer to fight in the middleweight division.
The current champion even persuaded Gorilla to keep winning and earn himself a title for the title. Liverpudlian will face Vettori for the next fight, while Holland will fight Derek Brunson.