1. We are currently experiencing technical difficulties. For those experiencing login issues, a temporary solution is to clear your cache and cookies on your web browser. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.
  2. The official Sherdog Store is back! Check it out! » Discuss it here! »

Jones Reluctant to Superfight Israel Because "He's Not Even a Legend"

Discussion in 'UFC Discussion' started by ReadWrite, Feb 7, 2020.

?

Who is a legend?

  1. Both

    6.4%
  2. Jones

    70.4%
  3. Israel

    6.4%
  4. Neither

    16.8%
  1. ReadWrite Banned Banned

    Joined:
    Jul 14, 2013
    Messages:
    10,901
    Likes Received:
    236
    [​IMG]

    “Maybe I need to step outside of Las Vegas and fight in these markets where people don’t see me too often,” Jones said (transcript via MMA Junkie). “I think that’s going to be important. If I can possibly break numbers here in Houston, I can only imagine what would happen if I went to Australia or one of these other countries where they’d never expect to see me. The people would come out and that’s what it’s all about. He is (a big draw). I bet I’d be even bigger.

    “I have no interest in Israel at the end of the day. Anderson Silva was a guy everyone wanted to see me fight. I never wanted to do it because I had so much respect for Anderson. I feel the same way with Izzy, but it’s not coming from a place of respect. My career isn’t based around fighting him. For him to fight me, it would be huge for his resume. For me, I feel like I already have so many legends under my resume. He’s not even a legend.

    “We’ve all seen that video of him fighting some Alex guy [Pereira] and catching a clean overhand right. He’s very human to me. He’s not this special guy. I don’t see what everybody else is seeing in him. I think his whole anime stuff and how he’s all antics with his hands and all this crazy stuff. I think that’s kind of entertaining to a certain [young] fan base. For me, it’s like ‘I would slap you. Get out of here, kid.’”

    https://www.bjpenn.com/mma-news/ufc/jon-jones-believes-he-is-a-bigger-draw-than-israel-adesanya-even-in-australia/
     
  2. TheSpider Banned Banned

    Joined:
    May 17, 2019
    Messages:
    6,229
    Likes Received:
    15,455
    Jones - 10 title defenses

    Israel - 0 title defenses
     
  3. MXZT Silver Belt Platinum Member

    Joined:
    Jun 28, 2010
    Messages:
    13,198
    Likes Received:
    8,665
    Wait until Israel gets 3 title defenses than he'll be interested.
     
  4. GrayArea Brown Belt

    Joined:
    Dec 19, 2018
    Messages:
    3,262
    Likes Received:
    1,742
    Jones is the GOAT

    Israel is the new flavor of the month.

    Let’s see if he can get past Yoel or Costa first. He got rocked by Fatselum twice. Let’s see how his chin holds up in his next two fights.
     
  5. Jackonfire BMF Mod Staff Member Senior Moderator

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2009
    Messages:
    56,876
    Likes Received:
    31,816
    Location:
    The Mother Ship
    Waiting to see if Jones will call out Stipe if he wins tomorrow night. I think thats what Stipe is also waiting on before deciding who to fight next.
     
  6. Slatersan Black Belt

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2014
    Messages:
    7,463
    Likes Received:
    17,074
    Lol “that alex guy”.
    The double champ of glory...
     
  7. CallMeCasual Purple Belt

    Joined:
    Dec 25, 2019
    Messages:
    2,284
    Likes Received:
    4,165
    I would lie if I said I wasn't interested in this fight, but I am more interested in seeing Jones fight Ngannou at HW if it really is going to be a super-fight.
     
  8. Clear Winner Big Poppa Pars

    Joined:
    Jul 27, 2012
    Messages:
    29,671
    Likes Received:
    1,946
    Location:
    Straight from the land of the lost
    I kind of agree. These cross-division fights mean most when the champs are established. That's why GSP vs Penn was so big at the time, they were both easily the best in their respective divisions.
     
  9. 20falarVerdades Silver Belt

    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2016
    Messages:
    12,365
    Likes Received:
    2,449
    Jones confirms yet again that he didn't want to fight Silva

    Why do GSP fanboys keep spewing the false narrative that Silva ducked Jones is beyond me. Neither of the parties wanted to fight.

    It is way different than GSPs potential fight against Silva. Dana wanted it, Silva wanted it, the fans wanted it. The Canadian was the only one who did not.
     
  10. Osiris3657 Black Belt Platinum Member

    Joined:
    Sep 16, 2016
    Messages:
    6,846
    Likes Received:
    4,401
    Location:
    Houston, TX
    I have no doubt in my mind that Jones would sign a contract to fight Izzy with zero hesitation.
     
  11. moogie101 Brown Belt

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2007
    Messages:
    3,163
    Likes Received:
    358
    Jones at HW far more interesting than Izzy at LHW.

    Plus he's right, Israel whilst MW champion still has so much to do before he's anywhere near the level of Jones. Problem is that by the time he's scored several successful title defences Jones will either be a HW or retired.
     
  12. g*r*b Super-Stretch Elastic Waistband

    Joined:
    Jun 20, 2016
    Messages:
    8,156
    Likes Received:
    2,258
    Location:
    Conjunction Junction
    It ain't Stipe's style to "decide who to fight next" though, at least when it comes to title challengers. He may have floated his preference for someone new but that doesn't mean he won't take what the UFC matchmaker gives him. What he's waiting for is his next doctor appointment to confirm (or not) that the eye's still OK now that he's back to training and sparring.
     
  13. moogie101 Brown Belt

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2007
    Messages:
    3,163
    Likes Received:
    358

    In what way is that better? Regardless of Jon's feelings towards the Silva fight it still shows that Anderson wanted to fight the smaller GSP but not the larger Jones.
     
  14. Abazzdeboom Legend in the making

    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2016
    Messages:
    6,491
    Likes Received:
    1,341
    Location:
    Top of the food chain
    Sign the paper Jon just to break Israel's stupid mouth once and for all
    It'd make my day
     
  15. sonhow Silver Belt

    Joined:
    Sep 8, 2011
    Messages:
    13,859
    Likes Received:
    2,673
    Smith, Santos and Reyes are legends tho

    <34>
     
  16. Mammothman Gold Belt

    Joined:
    Apr 17, 2015
    Messages:
    18,023
    Likes Received:
    9,813
    Location:
    Panama, Panama City
    Jones is right in this one, he is an ATG, let Israel dominate Costa, Cannonier and Romero and then their fight will feel like an authentic super fight
     
  17. 20falarVerdades Silver Belt

    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2016
    Messages:
    12,365
    Likes Received:
    2,449
    The Spider went up 3X in weight and finished all of his fights in the first round.

    He also fought 40 lbs heavier DC on two days notice. Silva is not scared of anyone
     
  18. Franklin U. Steel Belt

    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2008
    Messages:
    26,111
    Likes Received:
    2,468
    Location:
    Unknown
    This is ridiculous.... and no slight on Israel- maybe he is next best thing......maybe not. I'm inclined to think that he is because he is a middleweight who seems to evolve with each fight but I still have to slow down. KG is a welterweight who has found some sucess at 185 , mainly, because of state of division. He then gave Izz all he could handle until end of decision. He then beat another welterweight turned middleweight and Rob a great fighter but I question his health [ at this point] before every fight. He wont say anything cause he reeks of class.

    Lol- it's a tad early to put Jones and Izz in same sentence.....let alone " superfight".

    Whitaker destruction was impressive but that was his first " wow " fight - as far as I'm concerned. Again, I'm more on side of an eventual super fight but I wont entertain notion, now.
     
  19. Bald Eagle usa Banned Banned

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2020
    Messages:
    90
    Likes Received:
    0
    Difference in character:
    Silva- Fights DC, a heavyweight and one of the GOATS, on short notice.
    GSP- Fights one eye old Bisping, a lucky journeyman.
     
  20. Jake the Muss Black Belt

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2005
    Messages:
    6,994
    Likes Received:
    1,133
    In other words, Israel is too dangerous and relatively unknown to take the risk.
     

Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.