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FutureStarrThe Twitter Beef Between Jon Jones and Israel Adesanya
Jon Jones and Israel Adesanya continue their verbal sparring, taking turns lobbing insults at each other about his past involving drug tests and legal issues. Adesanya, UFC middleweight champion, has taken particular aim at Jon's controversial history regarding drug tests and legal troubles he may have had. "Bones" made his return to MMA following three-year hiatus by earning a first-round submission victory over Francis Ngannou. Chael Sonnen Chael Sonnen and Jon Jones have not always shared an amicable relationship. As former light heavyweight champions, they've often exchanged barbs on social media; Sonnen is often taking up Jon's bait in these public exchanges. On YouTube videos they even face-off directly against one another - often insulting one another's wives while making references to Jones' drug abuse issues as part of this public dispute. Sonnen and Jones first faced each other inside of an Octagon cage for the first time back in April 2013. Sonnen successfully overcame a broken toe to win by first-round TKO over Jones. Following their bout, both coaches joined together on one season of 'The Ultimate Fighter' but their relationship soured over time when Sonnen moved into punditry roles on TV - with Jones taking issue with some of Sonnen's comments regarding New Zealander Sonnen's opinions about him as an opponent. Recently, Sonnen posted a video to YouTube criticizing Jones' recent comments regarding Lyoto Machida rematches against current Light Heavyweight champion BJ Penn. Sonnen explains in his video that Jones is likely trying to induce Machida into fighting in one or more title fights against current champion MMA fighter BJ Penn quickly and quickly. Sonnen believes Jones' statements may be intended as bait to lure Machida back quickly against current champion Penn. Jones fired back with several now-deleted tweets directed at Sonnen, accusing him of likening his career to that of Al Capone and Evel Knievel due to multiple arrests and living under his shadow while engaging in bad behavior that undermined it all. Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen are far from over, and appear intent on carrying their Twitter Beef into real life. Sonnen recently publicly invited Jones to fight him and engaged in an aggressive verbal exchange on Instagram; although it remains to be seen if this war will ever become physical. It seems likely, though, that their online banter will continue until Jones retires or returns after suffering an upset loss to Tito Ortiz via first round rear naked choke in their last fight which caused much outrage from fans; many want him back into competition to regain his championship status and return with renewed determination! Israel Adesanya Israel Adesanya, who has earned himself the reputation as one of the sport's premier fighters, has recently engaged in an escalating Twitter feud with Jon Jones. They've been sparring back and forth for weeks now - and their fight has taken an unpleasant turn for the worse. Adesanya, currently the UFC middleweight champion, recently secured his second defense by defeating Robert Whittaker in Houston. Following this win, Adesanya took to social media and engaged Jon Jones directly as well. Jones responded by calling Adesanya "slow and lazy", mocking his dancing abilities and taking aim at Adesanya's dancing skills. This Twitter feud between these two has been ongoing and no one seems certain who will ultimately prevail in this clash. Israel Adesanya, born July 22 1989 to parents Oluwafemi (an accountant) and Taiwo (a nurse), hails from Nigerian-New Zealand ancestry. Adesanya currently competes in the middleweight division of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). A martial artist himself, Adesanya holds multiple awards including being the first person ever to win all three major tournaments held in his home nation of Nigeria. He currently boasts an MMA record of 23-1 with one loss coming against Jan Blachowicz, currently ranking him fourth in official pound-for-pound rankings. While Adesanya and Jones continue their Twitter exchange, many believe they will meet one another at some point in the near future for an epic fight. Their match-up would certainly make for an engaging contest; no wonder so many want this bout to occur! However, there are some critics of Jones versus Adesanya who disagree and feel it will never happen. They point out their differing styles; Adesanya being much stronger in striking than wrestling; also that Adesanya is only 30 and just recently entered the sport; making it unlikely he can ever defeat Jones. Furthermore, many believe Jones hides his insecurity behind an air of confidence by acting "cool". Dan Hooker Jon Jones has long been one of the UFC's most divisive stars, often venting his opinions through social media platforms like Twitter. Recently he engaged in an exchange with New Zealand fighter Dan Hooker who trains out of City Kickboxing gym Eden Terrace alongside Israel Adesanya. Hooker took aim at Jones after Jones suggested Sonnen's arrest was evidence of domestic abuse. Hooker responded by accusing Jones of engaging in abusive conduct against Dan. Last week, Sonnen was arrested after getting into a fight with a Las Vegas hotel security guard while trying to defend his wife from an assaulter; Jones took to Twitter in protest at Sonnen's actions. Jones did not take his critics lightly and responded quickly with an offending tweet which was quickly deleted by "Hangman." Additionally, New Zealander Jabby "Hangman" then continued the spat by tweeting back and forth at Jones before finally issuing several more offensive ones that were also deleted soon afterwards. Hooker claimed Sonnen was the victim of domestic violence after he attacked her with a metal stick, according to one of his deleted tweets. Jones responded by tweeting that the attack could constitute domestic assault. Hooker deleted tweets claiming Jones' domestic abuse claims were lies and also highlighted how he wasn't the only fighter accused of domestic abuse. Furthermore, he cast doubt upon a report which indicated Makhachev tested positive for meldonium following his victory over Volk. Soon enough, Adesanya joined Hooker and Jones' Twitter exchange, attacking Jones for his alleged domestic violence incidents and his failure to disclose medical conditions that lead to failed USADA tests. Israel Adesanya fired back against Jones for failing to make necessary body composition adjustments after losing his title to Yoel Romero in March, as the two fighters engaged in an open dialogue about it. Adesanya even pointed the finger of blame at Jones for not adapting as needed and was quick to condemn Jones' conduct in that respect. Dana White Controversial as the world of mixed martial arts may be, there are certain things that shouldn't be added into the mix - for instance ranting against your fight promoter's wife is never advised; Jon Jones recently displayed this in an odd series of tweets which he quickly deleted after making comments that attacked not only Anne but also their fight promoter, Dana White. White has long been considered a key figure in MMA, and his role in the recent brawl between Jones and his wife was heavily publicized. Speaking to TMZ about it now, White revealed it had been alcohol-fuelled; Jones does not remember many details leading up to physical confrontation between them. Jones appeared back on track following his win against Ciryl Gane. He expressed gratitude to his team and likened himself to a lion with an iron heart who can overcome adversity. Yet moments later in an exchange with Francis Ngannou via Twitter, another side of Jones emerged - this one using social media's power and platform to blast Ngannou with disrespectful language and labels such as calling him "big ol' p****." White has long referred to retired boxing legend Ashe as a "coke head." As their feud continues, its verbal barbs often make headlines at MMA events. Jones also took to social media to send a warning against former champion Stipe Miocic. They had planned on fighting each other at UFC 218 but after Miocic tested positive for drugs at that event he was disqualified from title contention and stripped from his title belt. As two people nearly 100 pounds apart in weight, it seems unlikely that Jon Jones and Demetrious Johnson ever collide inside an Octagon. Yet their exchange was enough to send fans into an uproar; time will tell whether this trend continues leading up to May's release of his next documentary.