Israel Adesanya has dropped the nice guy act and called out Jon Jones after initially expressing sympathy for ‘Bones’ following the UFC light heavyweight champion’s latest arrest for drunk driving.
“Like, I felt bad for him when I watched the body cam footage as well. At the end, when he was just sobbing, I felt bad for him. Because I can imagine myself in that position,” Adesanya said after watching video footage of Jones’ arrest.
White, the president of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, has positioned U.F.C. 249 for a prime spotlight — as the first major U.S. sporting event since the coronavirus shutdown.
When Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje step into the octagon Saturday night in Jacksonville, Fla., their interim lightweight title bout will be the climax of U.F.C. 249, the biggest sporting event to take place in the United States in almost two months.
UFC 249 was a go for a few days. They had a venue, a card, and it was set to go forward on pay-per-view. Eventually the greater good was served and the event was shut down due COVID-19 concerns. But one of the bouts the UFC did try to add to the card originally was apparently a UFC welterweight title fight between champion Kamaru Usman and challenger Jorge Masvidal.
While Conor McGregor has been urging an abundance of caution over travel and social distancing for the citizens of Ireland, he’s also inserted himself fully into the discourse involving Khabib Nurmagomedov’s potential withdrawal from the main event of UFC 249. After attempting to travel to the UAE to prepare for the PPV card’s potential change of venue, the lightweight champion ended up getting turned away at the border and flying on to Russia. There he promptly found himself caught up in the nation’s increasing travel bans, as Russia – along with much of the rest of the world – attempts to combat the spread of the coronavirus.