ONE Heavyweight Champ Says Jon Jones ‘Not Martial Artist Material’

ONE heavyweight champ Brandon Vera would love the opportunity to rematch reigning UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones someday. The two first fought back in 2010. Previously, Vera was the man many folks had as the “future” of the UFC. While the future of the promotion was on display in that fight, it was not […]

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ONE heavyweight champ Brandon Vera would love the opportunity to rematch reigning UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones someday.

The two first fought back in 2010. Previously, Vera was the man many folks had as the “future” of the UFC. While the future of the promotion was on display in that fight, it was not Vera.

Jones smashed Vera, breaking his face in many places. Obviously, the two men have had different trajectories since that night. Both have been rewarding and full of ups and downs, although in different ways.

Both fighters have carved out very good MMA careers. Jones, as previously stated, holds the 205-pound pound strap while “The Truth” is ONE Championship’s reigning heavyweight champion.

If Vera ever got the chance to run it back with Jones, he’d jump at the chance:

“Man, you know, I would absolutely love to be able to have a match against Mr. Jones again,” Vera told BJPenn.com (via bloodyelbow).

As far as the prospects of the fight ever happening, well, according to Vera, it won’t happen in ONE Championship.

“With all of this of his problems and troubles, I don’t think he’ll ever be at ONE Championship,” Vera said of Jones. “He’s not our type of material. He’s not martial artist material.”

“But he would probably be the one, if I could get a do-over or a genie wish, that would be it.”

Vera has really found a home in ONE. He has managed to stay fairly healthy, competing in four fights in the last five years. He will look to become a double champ later this year as he will challenge ONE’s light heavyweight champion Aung La N Sang this October in Tokyo.

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Anderson Silva Details Personal Friendship With Jon Jones

Anderson Silva and Jon Jones are two of the most dynamic fighters the UFC has ever seen. Silva came first, ruling the middleweight division for years – and at one point holding the UFC record for most consecutive title defenses – before bei…

Anderson Silva and Jon Jones are two of the most dynamic fighters the UFC has ever seen. Silva came first, ruling the middleweight division for years – and at one point holding the UFC record for most consecutive title defenses – before being dethroned by Chris Weidman. Jones has been ruling the light heavyweight division […]

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Luke Rockhold: Nobody Can F*ck With Me On The Ground, Including Jon Jones

Former UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold is making the jump up to 205 pounds this summer. Rockhold will be competing at the upcoming UFC 239 pay-per-view (PPV) event on July 6. He faces off against Jan Blachowicz on the stacked card. Rockhold has…

Former UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold is making the jump up to 205 pounds this summer. Rockhold will be competing at the upcoming UFC 239 pay-per-view (PPV) event on July 6. He faces off against Jan Blachowicz on the stacked card. Rockhold has been teasing fights with several top light heavyweights for months now. Potential […]

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Robert Whittaker Would Be Interested in Jon Jones Super Fight in the Future

UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker is ready to pump the brakes on all this talk about Israel Adesanya moving up to 205 pounds to challenge Jon Jones. Adesanya became the interim middleweight champion this past weekend at UFC 236 but since then …

UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker is ready to pump the brakes on all this talk about Israel Adesanya moving up to 205 pounds to challenge Jon Jones. Adesanya became the interim middleweight champion this past weekend at UFC 236 but since then he’s engaged in a back and forth war of words with Jones, who […]

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Anderson Silva: Israel Adesanya Crossed The Line Against Jon Jones

A highly-publicized beef has been brewing between current interim UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya and light heavyweight king Jon Jones. For the past several weeks, Jones and Adesanya have been going back-and-forth with one another on social media. However, former 185-pound king Anderson Silva believes that “The Last Stylebender” crossed the line in disrespecting Jones. […]

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A highly-publicized beef has been brewing between current interim UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya and light heavyweight king Jon Jones.

For the past several weeks, Jones and Adesanya have been going back-and-forth with one another on social media. However, former 185-pound king Anderson Silva believes that “The Last Stylebender” crossed the line in disrespecting Jones. He had this to say while speaking to media recently in Brazil (via MMA Junkie):

“The way I see it, as an athlete, he disrespected Jon Jones,” Silva said. “I think for the business, for (UFC President) Dana (White), 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.”

Silva and Jones were once the dominant fighters of their respective divisions. Unfortunately, before a fight between Jones and Silva could be made, Silva was dethroned by Chris Weidman from the top of the middleweight mountain.

Adesanya has since defeated Silva inside the Octagon and become interim middleweight champ. Both men had nothing but respect for one another after the fight, with Silva offering the Nigerian champ a bit of advice. He extended that advice today when speaking in Brazil:

“With time, he’ll learn how to deal with those things,” Silva said. “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 honor. You respect everyone’s space. And that’s my opinion.”

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Jon Jones vs. Israel Adesanya Is The UFC’s Money Fight Of The Future

It hasn’t even been a week since Israel Adesanya defeated Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 236 to win the UFC interim middleweight title in one of the greatest championship fights in MMA history, but already “The Last Stylebender” is planting t…

It hasn’t even been a week since Israel Adesanya defeated Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 236 to win the UFC interim middleweight title in one of the greatest championship fights in MMA history, but already “The Last Stylebender” is planting the seeds for his future opponents. Just a couple days after beating Gastelum by decision to […]

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