- Israel Adesanya decides to take an extended break from UFC after his title loss.
- Former rival Jon Jones supports Adesanya’s decision, drawing from his personal experience.
- Despite past differences, Jones and Adesanya had previously reconciled and even shared friendly moments on social media.
Adesanya’s Break Announcement
Recently, after losing his title to Sean Strickland at UFC 293, Israel Adesanya, known as ‘The Last Stylebender,’ revealed his intentions on ‘The Rock’ podcast. He said,
“I’m going to take time to look after myself. I’m not retiring, but I need a break. You won’t see me fight for a while.”
Fun fact : Israel Adesanya had 11 title fights in 4 years whilst Khabib only had 13 fights in his entire 11 year UFC career https://t.co/RrBgx4oEJy
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Jon Jones Weighs In
Having taken a three-year break from MMA himself, Jon Jones understands the value of such a decision. He reached out to Adesanya via Twitter, stating:
“Hey Israel Adesanya, I support your decision to take a break. Always put YOU first. Proud of you Champ.”
Jon Jones sends his support to Israel Adesanya after he announced his break from fighting 🤝
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) October 15, 2023
It’s notable that during their tenures in UFC, Jones and Adesanya had a somewhat tumultuous relationship, often clashing on social media. However, a significant shift occurred before UFC 290 in July. The duo buried the hatchet, as evidenced by videos showcasing them hanging out and even engaging in friendly sparring sessions.
What’s Next for Both Fighters?
While Adesanya focuses on his wellbeing and gears up for a future return, Jon Jones is set to defend his heavyweight title. He’ll be squaring off against Stipe Miocic, esteemed by many as a top contender in MMA, in the upcoming UFC 295. The bout promises to be a thrilling encounter, scheduled for November 11 at Madison Square Garden.
In the future, Adesanya has indicated he’s keen to challenge Strickland again or face the reigning UFC middleweight champion, once he’s ready to step back into the Octagon.