‘I’m picking Izzy!’: Daniel Cormier backs Israel Adesanya to beat UFC’s pound-for-pound No 1 Jon Jones inside the octagon after pair became embroiled in nasty war of words
- Daniel Cormier believes Israel Adesanya would beat Jon Jones in the octagon
- Adesanya and Jones have become embroiled in a war of words on Twitter
- The pair have been trading insults which fans believe will end up in a megafight
- Jones’ ranked as UFC’s pound-for-pound No 1 fighter but Cormier is backing Izzy
Daniel Cormier believes Israel Adesanya would beat UFC‘s No 1 pound-for-pound fighter Jon Jones inside the octagon.
The pair’s rivalry is well-documented but their feud has escalated in recent weeks on Twitter, with the two trading deeply personal insults.
Jones instigated the war of words when he asked the current middleweight champion why he had been dodging his challenges for a fight.
Israel Adesanya (left) and Jon Jones (right) have become embroiled in a war of words as of late
Retired UFC fighter Daniel Cormier insists the two men need to face each other in the octagon
In response, Adesanya harshly claimed that the 33-year-old’s mother – who died in 2017 – would be disappointed in him before making references to Jones’ criminal record.
The insults didn’t stop there, as Jones controversially made a racial comparison between Adesanya and Conor McGregor.
Jones heavily criticised Adesanya’s portrayal of an African man by comparing to it to McGregor’s rise in Ireland.
He tweeted: ‘McGregor came and made Ireland look like royalty. You came and made African men look soft. Get the f*** out of here.’
Jones is ranked as UFC’s No 1 pound-for-pound fighter – but Cormier is backing Izzy in a fight
The bad blood between the duo has led for calls for their feud to be settled inside the octagon.
Cormier is also backing calls for UFC president Dana White to make the fight and believes the Nigerian would come out on top against Jones.
Chatting to MMA journalist Ariel Helwani, Cormier said: ‘It’s the time. Right now is the time.’
Helwani responded: ‘You can’t risk having Jon Jones lose his streak to some jabroni. You can’t. You lose it to Izzy, potentially, and now the torch has been passed.’
Their rivalry took another dangerous twist after the pair traded more insults over Twitter
Cormier then said: ‘Wait, so you’re picking Izzy? You just said… so you’re picking Izzy too? You’re picking Izzy too? Because I’m picking Izzy! You’re picking Izzy too, I’m picking Izzy.’
Jones and Adesanya have long spoken about fighting each other, even though the former light-heavyweight champion vacated his belt and is preparing to make his debut two weight divisions above the Nigerian-born New Zealander.
And their rivalry has intensified since Adesanya’s impressive second-round TKO win over Paulo Costa at UFC 253 last month.
Jones even accused the middleweight champion of growing breasts’ after seeing the misshapen appearance of one his pectoral muscles.
Plenty of fans took to social media at the time to point out the unusual shape with many even accusing him of taking steroids. Some steroid users can find they have gynecomastia, a swelling of male breast tissue.
Adesanya has addressed the accusations about his swollen muscle, telling ESPN that he has had a blood test and two MRI scans of his pituitary gland to diagnose the problem since fighting on Saturday night.
He has never failed a doping test and denied ever having taken steroids.
Jones is working hard on levelling up to heavyweight where a huge showdown with Stipe Miocic awaits but clearly a fight with Adesanya remains on his radar.