Israel Adesanya responded on Wednesday night to Jon Jones calling him his “pu–y” earlier in the day.
Jones tweeted a video early Wednesday of Adesanya’s coach explaining why he has no interest in the Style Bender facing Jones. In response to Adesanya’s camp ducking him, Jones said “I formally release DC as being my pu–y, Izzy now takes the throne” (tweet censored by LBS).
Jones was in a longtime feud with Daniel Cormier (“DC”), but that’s over now that Cormier is thinking about retirement. Instead, Jones is taking aim at Adesanya.
Adesanya responded with sarcasm, saying Jones could be “such a pervert sometimes.”
— Israel Adesanya (@stylebender) October 17, 2019
In case you’re wondering about the quote Adesanya cited, it comes from the infamous leaked Jones Snapchat video from 2014.
Adesanya, what a savage. The Style Bender is 18-0 in his pro MMA career and a rising star in the UFC.
Israel Adesanya put on a show on Sunday at UFC 243 in Melbourne.
Adesanya beat Robert Whittaker via second-round TKO to capture the UFC middleweight championship. Things looked like they would start well for him based on his walk out show to the cage.
Take a look at this performance that had fans buzzing:
— UFC (@ufc) October 6, 2019
Adesanya carried that over into his match with Whittaker. He knocked his opponent down just at the end of the first round and had to be stopped from going after Whittaker even more.
— UFC (@ufc) October 6, 2019
Then in the second, Adesanya took a big left to the face but knocked Whittaker down with a 1-2 punch combination . Adesanya jumped on Whittaker and began to pound him before being the fight was stopped, giving Adesanya the win.
Adesanya is now 18-0 in his pro MMA career and 7-0 since joining the UFC.
- Israel Adesanya
The fans in Mexico City attending “UFC Fight Night: Rodríguez vs. Stephens” at Mexico City Arena exhibited poor behavior after the main event was called off after just 15 seconds on Saturday night.
Jeremy Stephens was poked in the eye by Yair Rodriguez at the very beginning of the fight and deemed by doctors unable to continue. The fight, which was the headline event, was termed a no contest due to an accidental eye poke.
That outcome was highly undesirable to the fans, who began throwing junk into the cage. Stephens and his team were hit with drinks and other stuff as they tried to make their way from the cage to the locker room:
Can’t recall ever seeing behavior like this from fans at a UFC event. Maybe I’m forgetting one, but not even in the early days. Gross. pic.twitter.com/12QqIl8hod
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) September 22, 2019
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Wow. Check out the crowd throwing ice and water bottles after tonight’s main event was ruled a no-contest seconds into the bout. @LiLHeathenMMA couldn’t open his eye after getting caught with an accidental poke. So unfortunate for everyone after all the hard work put in by both guys for this fight.
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— Karina Rodríguez (@kari_rod8) September 22, 2019
This is absolutely garbage, unacceptable behavior from the fans. Nobody is happy with an outcome like that, but disappointing finishes sometimes occur in combat sports. That’s part of the risk fans assume when they attend fights. The benefit is being able to enjoy several hours worth of entertainment; there were 12 fights total on the card.
The UFC will likely keep this in mind before considering a return to Mexico City in the future.
Justin Gaethje is two fights ahead of the UFC.
Gaethje beat Donald Cerrone via TKO on Saturday night in Vancouver. After his win, the 30-year-old said he wanted the winner of Tony Ferguson-Khabib Nurmagomedov.
— UFC Canada (@UFC_CA) September 15, 2019
Ferguson-Khabib has not been scheduled yet, but Ferguson is eyeing December 14th at UFC 245 in Las Vegas as a date to face Khabib. The two were supposed to fight in 2017 but that was cancelled.
Gaethje says he is over the possibility of facing McGregor, whom he calls retired. The two were likely to fight until McGregor broke his hand, Ariel Helwani reports.
UFC tried to book McGregor vs. Gaethje earlier this summer. Both sides were into it, until McGregor broke his left hand.
That’s the fight to make. Early 2020.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) September 15, 2019
Gaethje has now won three in a row since his back-to-back losses to Eddie Alvarez and Dustin Poirier.
- Justin Gaethje
Dana White revealed recently that BJ Penn has signed a deal for one last fight in the UFC despite losing his previous seven, and the 40-year-old appears to have incorporated bar brawls into his training.
Penn was allegedly involved in a bar fight in Hawaii on Tuesday, and a video obtained by TMZ claims to show him on top of another man delivering several blows to the head. The altercation took place outside the Lava Shack, which is a bar on the Big Island. Here’s the clip:
— TMZ (@TMZ) August 28, 2019
The street fight was Penn’s second in Hawaii in as many months, as TMZ also had footage back in June that claimed to show him pummeling a man outside of a strip club. Police were called to the scene in both incidents, but Penn was not arrested.
White announced last month that there is an agreement in place for Penn to fight Nik Lentz, though no date has been set. It’s unclear if the Hawaii incidents will impact the status. Penn, a former UFC lightweight and welterweight champion, has an MMA record of 16-14-2 and has lost his last seven fights.
- BJ Penn
One of Jon Gruden’s sons is continuing the family’s tradition of working in athletics, though he’s trying to make it in a different sport.
Gruden has three sons — Jon II (aka “Deuce”), Michael, and Jayson. Deuce is a competitive weightlifter who works in the Raiders’ strength department, Michael is a recent Tennessee graduate, and Jayson is trying to carve out a career as a combat fighter.
The Gruden family and Mark Davis. pic.twitter.com/IX6gAK1RZv
— Matt Schneidman (@mattschneidman) January 9, 2018
Episode 4 of HBO’s “Hard Knocks” featuring the Oakland Raiders aired on Tuesday night. In the episode, Gruden was shown doing some things away from the football field. That included making a visit with his wife Cindy to watch Jayson train.
Jon said that Jayson just graduated high school and will be going to a junior college in the Bay Area.
“He wants to be a professional fighter,” Gruden said of Jayson. “He’s serious about it, so we’re supporting him.”
Jayson trains at Combat Sports Academy in Dublin, Calif. In November, he had his first Muay Thai kickboxing fight and won.
“We all have a screw loose in our family, that’s for sure,” Coach Gruden said on Hard Knocks regarding his son’s decision to pursue a career in combat sports.
Maybe that is the case. We’re all better for it because that Gruden family sure is fun.
Paige VanZant has now fought in the UFC eight times, and she is not happy with the way the organization has compensated her for the entertainment she provides.
In an appearance on “Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show” on ESPN Monday, VanZant said she is not making nearly enough money fighting in the UFC. To give some perspective, she said she makes more money through endorsements with her Instagram photos than she does inside the Octagon.
“I make way more money sitting at home, posting pictures on Instagram, than I do fighting.”@paigevanzant says her endorsement earnings greatly outpace her fight earnings (via @arielhelwani) pic.twitter.com/dpdANFcbxU
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) August 26, 2019
“I want a significant pay raise, to be completely honest,” VanZant said, as transcribed by Jorge Alonso of Bro Bible. “I’ve just been extremely accomplished outside of the UFC, as well as inside of the UFC. Five wins in the UFC, four finishes, I’ve been main event twice, and I think someone with those accolades should be paid more.”
Here’s an example of the type of endorsement VanZant claims is paying her more than she makes in the UFC:
VanZant doesn’t dominate the UFC like some other female fighters have, as she has just two wins in her last five fights. However, she is one of the bigger draws on the women’s side, which isn’t surprising considering she has more than 2 million Instagram followers.
VanZant has spoken in the past about pursuing opportunities outside of fighting, and she seems to be doing a good job of creating other sources of revenue for herself. Still, you can understand why she may feel her paycheck isn’t in line with her popularity.