Coach: We’ll Push For Israel Adesanya To Fight Stipe Miocic At Heavyweight After A Few 185 Wins

Israel AdesanyaEveryone is talking about potential superfights for UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya, and he has yet to register his first title defense. Adesanya will put his 185-pound title on the line against Yoel Romero in the UFC 248 pay-per-view (PPV) main event from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. However, there has been talk […]

Israel Adesanya

Everyone is talking about potential superfights for UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya, and he has yet to register his first title defense.

Adesanya will put his 185-pound title on the line against Yoel Romero in the UFC 248 pay-per-view (PPV) main event from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. However, there has been talk of Adesanya possibly doing a superfight with UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones. Adesanya and Jones have gone back and forth for the past several months, hyping what “Stylebender” thinks will be a 2021 clash inside Raiders Stadium.

However, according to Adesanya’s coach, Eugene Bareman, who recently spoke to Submission Radio, it’s not up to Adesanya if the fight happens. It’s up to Bareman, and there’s still some convincing to be done.

“I mean, that’s the thing, it’s not up to Israel. I make the decision on the fight. So, come 2021, Israel has to convince me that we should fight Jon Jones. And if I don’t feel that we have to, then it’s not gonna happen. It’s not even Israel’s call.”

Bareman went on to explain that, for all Jones’ faults as a person, he respects him as a fighter, and isn’t taking such a challenge lightly. The City Kickboxing frontman also noted that he thinks Jones and Adesanya are currently on different paths in their careers for the time being.

“There’s a lot of things that he would have to do, and a lot of those things that he’d have to do to fight Jon start now, you know, that’ve already started. There’s a lot of stuff that we have to do. For all of Jon Jones’ faults as a person, he’s still a very, very good fighter. And to prepare for someone of that nature, who’s that good, you know, the prep for that sort of fight starts now. Yeah, but I’ve already stated that I don’t think that fight’s necessary.

“Jon’s on his own journey. I think he might be going to heavyweight and doing his thing. Like, he seems to be trying to just… whether it’s fake or real, he’s trying to be a better person. He’s, yeah… I don’t know. He prays and stuff now. And on social media, someone said to me the other day he does charity work on social media now. So, (laughs) he’s trying to change his persona and stuff.

“Good on him. I think we’re on a different path, I just think we’re on a different journey. Israel’s got a lot of convincing to do before that fight happens.”

Jones is currently dominating the light heavyweight division, so much so that many think it’s only a matter of time before “Bones” jumps up to heavyweight. Adesanya has said that he has fought at heavyweight before, and is willing to chase Jones into the heavyweight division. According to Bareman, however, he’s more interested in a heavyweight matchup with current champion Stipe Miocic, rather than Jones.

“Yeah, fighting at heavyweight is not a problem for Israel. he’s not gonna weigh heavyweight. That wouldn’t be what our advantage is. He would never weigh at what a heavyweight would (weigh). We’d fight at what our walk around weight, which is like barely past what the middleweight limit is. But Israel stated, and I think it’s a very good plan, he’s gonna do his thing in the middleweight division.

“There’s some really tough challenges. He should clear those out. There’s at least three or four more good challenges. But three or four more fights for Israel is like maybe within this year. So, after that, what’s the next challenge? For him, and we’ve done it in all the sports that we’ve participated in, it’s to move up in weight. And trust me, if he has these three or four more middleweight fights, we will push to fight Stipe, a hundred percent.

“Yeah, that’s the fight. I mean, I was half joking to get the attention off all this Jon Jones stuff, but that’s a serious – I’m making a claim there, serious stake. If Israel can get the business done at middleweight, and if he’s successful he will definitely look to move and challenge Stipe. That’s a serious thing. But for us, we’re not paying immediate attention to it. There’s just so much that we have to put our concentration into now that it’s on the back burner. It’s in the back of our minds. So, yeah, let’s see if that hurries along Jon Jones (laughs).”

What do you think about Adesanya’s coach saying he’ll push for “Stylebender” to fight Miocic at heavyweight with a few more middleweight wins?

Coach Says Israel Adesanya Might Skip Jon Jones To Fight Stipe Miocic

Israel Adesanya’s coach Eugene Bareman continues to push for his fighter taking on Stipe Miocic in the future. Adesanya may be the UFC middleweight champion going into his first title defense, but he already has some lofty goals. From expressing …

Israel Adesanya’s coach Eugene Bareman continues to push for his fighter taking on Stipe Miocic in the future. Adesanya may be the UFC middleweight champion going into his first title defense, but he already has some lofty goals. From expressing his desire to fight light heavyweight title holder Jon Jones to targeting a jump up […]

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Jon Jones Opens As Betting Underdog In Potential Stipe Miocic Fight

Jon JonesUFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has always had aspirations to jump up to heavyweight. Given he has cleaned house in the 205-pound division, for the most part, many would like to see how “Bones” would fare moving up to face some of the heavyweight division’s elite. Most notably, a matchup against current champion Stipe […]

Jon Jones

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has always had aspirations to jump up to heavyweight.

Given he has cleaned house in the 205-pound division, for the most part, many would like to see how “Bones” would fare moving up to face some of the heavyweight division’s elite. Most notably, a matchup against current champion Stipe Miocic. Jones has expressed interest in fighting Miocic in the past, saying he doesn’t need a tune-up fight to jump up and face the Cleveland champion.

Now, according to Best Fight Odds, early betting lines suggest Jones is the underdog in a potential clash with Miocic. Jones is listed as a +130 betting underdog, while Miocic is listed as a -160 favorite.

Jones comes off of a controversial victory over Dominick Reyes in the UFC 247 pay-per-view (PPV) main event this past weekend. Jones took home a victory over Reyes via unanimous decision, but many believe the judging in Texas that night was suspect, at best.

With that being said, Jones could be looking at a rematch with Reyes – who many argue won the first three rounds of the fight – next, rather than jumping up to heavyweight just yet. That would work out nicely given the UFC seems to be putting the heavyweight division on hold while waiting for Miocic to be healthy enough to book a trilogy bout against Daniel Cormier. Miocic knocked out Cormier last year to reclaim the heavyweight throne.

Now, with Miocic and Cormier 1-1 against one another, each victory coming by way of a finish, the UFC wants to book the highly-anticipated ending to this rivalry. Perhaps Jones and Miocic will get their chance to square off later this year before it’s all said and done.

What do you think about Jones opening up as the betting underdog against Miocic at heavyweight? Who are you picking in the potential fight?

Dana White Says Daniel Cormier Has Been Offered Fights, Only Interested In Stipe Miocic Trilogy

Daniel Cormier is only interested in the Stipe Miocic trilogy, according to UFC president, Dana White. Cormier said he was going to retire by March of last year before he turned 40. Yet, he ended up delaying that until August when he fought Miocic agai…

Daniel Cormier is only interested in the Stipe Miocic trilogy, according to UFC president, Dana White. Cormier said he was going to retire by March of last year before he turned 40. Yet, he ended up delaying that until August when he fought Miocic again and suffered a fourth-round TKO loss to lose the heavyweight […]

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Jon Jones Opens Up About His Chances to Beat Stipe Miocic in UFC Fight

Jon Jones is ready to defend his UFC light heavyweight championship Saturday at UFC 247, but he already has his sights on an interesting opponent afterward…

Jon Jones is ready to defend his UFC light heavyweight championship Saturday at UFC 247, but he already has his sights on an interesting opponent afterward…

Jon Jones Really Wants To Fight Stipe Miocic, Doesn’t Need Tune-Up Fight

Jones MiocicUFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is targeting Stipe Miocic next. Jones defends his light heavyweight title against Dominick Reyes this Saturday at UFC 247. Should he come away the victory, there will be more calls for “Bones” to finally make the move up to heavyweight. For his part, he seems to want that as […]

Jones Miocic

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is targeting Stipe Miocic next.

Jones defends his light heavyweight title against Dominick Reyes this Saturday at UFC 247. Should he come away the victory, there will be more calls for “Bones” to finally make the move up to heavyweight.

For his part, he seems to want that as well as he feels there is a “really good chance” of him moving up to heavyweight after fighting Reyes. In fact, he wants to go right after the heavyweight champion as well:

“There’s a really good chance,” Jones told Ariel Helwani of moving up to heavyweight after UFC 247. “I feel like I really want to fight Stipe Miocic. I feel like I could beat him.

“I don’t think I would need a tune up. I’m pretty tuned up. I’m pretty in tune. I feel great, feel strong already. Stipe’s like 230 or something? I feel like me at a lean 230 is plenty. I feel like I could totally beat him just based on his performances with DC. Our speed differences, my fight IQ, my versatility, my faith and confidence — I think I’m the guy to beat him for sure and I want to strike while I’m doing hot.”

Should that fight happen, however, Jones doesn’t plan on remaining at heavyweight. Instead, he will go back down to 205 which is where he feels he is at his optimum best:

“I think I would go up and go straight for the king. I think I would probably go back down to 205 [afterwards],” Jones added. “Getting down to 205 just makes me feel good about myself, just makes me feel good just to earn that victory and to detox myself, lose the weight again.

“The journey to get down to the weight class and just to feel ultimately prepared — I just love it. I feel like my highest just mentally, spiritually, physically, something about getting down to my weight class that makes me feel super charged.”

Of course, Jones has to get past Reyes first before any of this can happen.

Do you think we can see Jones vs. Miocic in the future?