Israel Adesanya and Jon Jones have been going back and forth on social media about a potential super fight down the line. But the UFC middleweight champion's coach says "Bones" is not worthy of a shot at "Stylebender".
Eugene Bareman told Ariel Helwani's MMA Show that they would rather give the honour to heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic than light heavyweight champion Jones.
"I believe me and Israel are in a certain place where we don't have to give a person of Jon's nature the opportunity that Israel can bestow upon him," New Zealand-based City Kick-boxing head coach Bareman said.
"That's why I suggested, and this isn't set in stone or anything, but if we were going to do a super fight we would much rather do it against Stipe. A good dude, a nice guy. A stand up guy. Let's do it against him, let's not give someone like Jon Jones an opportunity. That's just how my team operates."
Jones " who pleaded no contest to a disorderly conduct charge after a New Mexico strip club incident earlier this year, and was given a 90-day deferred sentence by the judge " has challenged Adesanya to fight him whenever, wherever.
But "Stylebender" wants to clean out his division first and fight Jones in 2021 at Raiders Stadium in Las Vegas.
"There's ethical and moral issues that don't sit well with my team, and they would be very reluctant to give a man like him the sort of opportunity that Israel can bestow on him," Bareman also said on Submission Radio last week. "We have a track record of not fighting certain opponents even though they make sense.
"And I'm not talking about in UFC, I'm talking about locally, because they're just not good people. And Israel can want to fight him and have all the desire in the world to fight him that he wants, but it's not his decision. It's not solely his decision.
"So, if my team decides that … it would just be hard for me to look at my team and ask them, should we give Jon Jones this opportunity considering the type of person he is?"
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