Reigning UFC heavyweight champion, Jon Jones, says that he is ‘proud’ of Israel Adesanya after the latter declared he was taking some time away from the sport.
Sean Strickland was brought in as a second choice, a keep-busy fight for Adesanya. However, the American spoiled the party and now Adesanya is back to being a contender and will not fight Strickland in an immediate rematch.
Talking following the loss, Adesanya has declared that he will take a significant amount of time away from the sport. ‘Stylebender’ has been extremely active as champion, and in fact, has fought very regularly throughout his career.
“I never make excuses, I gave him props, but now I’m going to take time to look after myself and I’m not going to fight for a long time,” Adesanya said. (H/T ESPN)
“I know me, I’m not leaving for that, I know me, but if I did, I’m fine. I don’t need to prove anything else. But I know what I can do, and I know what I can change in my lifestyle to make my body adapt to where I need it to be.”
Jon Jones sends message of support for Israel Adesanya
In fact, Jones sent a message of support to Adesanya’s following his announcement.
How would have Jon Jones Vs. Israel Adesanya have gone?