On Saturday night at UFC 243, Israel Adesanya announced himself as one of the very best fighters on the planet by dismantling Robert WhittakerJon Jones, whom Adesanya has eyed for some time.

The Jones-Adesanya saga began in March, when the light heavyweight champion told TMZ he believed he and Adesanya would fight “one daysaying he’d like to defeat another GOAT (having already beaten Anderson Silva). Jones then challenged Adesanya to come face “The King of the Jungle.”

What had started out as friendly banter between two champions quickly grew to full-blown beef. Adesanya fired back at Jones, calling him a “c*nt” and saying Jones is just jealous because he hasn’t had the profesional problems that Jones had inflicted upon himself. Now, Jones appears to be genuinely upset with Adesanya

Paulo Costa, a great fighter coming off a narrow win over Yoel Romero. Costa was cageside for 243, but has yet to truly resonate with fans.

Dana White already has said it’s something the UFC is interested in doing, and this is one of those times his instincts are spot on. With Adesanya solidified as the next big thing, now is the time to strike while the iron is hot.

superstar on the order of . A fight with Stipe Miocic no longer seems so crazy.


on hurting Whittaker at the end of the first round.

– Robert Whittaker after the fight, perhaps needing to rewatch footage to see what happened.

– Paulo Costa on his potential matchup with Adesanya.

poking the new champion.


Up:

Up:

Bareman is one of the best coaches in the the game and has a shot at getting a second champion later this year.

Down:

Up: Dan Hooker. Welcome to the big leagues, Mr. Hooker. With his domination of Al IaquintaEdson Barboza. His call out of Dustin Poirier

Down: Tai Tuivasa


Luke Jumeau beat Dhiego Lima on Saturday night. Per MMADecisionsLima is appealing the commission


vs. . Realistically, Adesanya likely faces Paulo Costa next. But for the reasons listed above, Jones is the fight that should be made. Plus, Adesanya has had a torrid pace in the so far, and he should get some time off. A long build up for a spring superfight would afford him just that opportunity.

Robert Whittaker vs. the winner of Kelvin GastelumDarren Till.

Dan Hooker vs. Paul Felder.Lightweight is still bottlenecked at the top, but the winner of this one could start clearing that up.

Al Iaquinta vs. the winner of Jared Gordon vs. Charles Oliviera.

Sergey Spivak vs. Aleksei Oleinik.

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