Robert Whittaker On A Fight With Jon Jones: ‘That’s A Great Fight’

With all the talk this week of the Israel Adesanya vs Jon Jones and Israel vs Robert Whittaker, following his war of words with them both, no one has considered that Whittaker himself may want to move up to light heavyweight to challenge Jones. But that’s exactly what he wants to do.

Speaking to Submission Radio (as transcribed by The Mac Life), Whittaker said he thought he could give the UFC light heavyweight champion Jones, “a run for his money”.

“He’s kind of cleaned out his division. It’s one of those things, like, yeah, we’ll have to wait and see. I’m gonna fight Adesanya, then I’ll be a little free myself. I’ll definitely move up, not down. But if he’s looking for opponents, that’s a fight, that’s a great fight.”

“I think I could just give him a run for his money. I surprise a lot of people and I’m full of tricks, and I think the intensity I bring into a fight is something that a lot of people aren’t prepared for. But he’s a great fighter, he’s super, super dangerous. I’m under no illusion how hard it would be, and yeah, I think it would be fun.”

“While I was making my run through the middleweight division and fighting in the division, it was very hard for me to plan outside of the division. Obviously, all my focus has been on the division and doing work there and making waves and making moves there. But seeing Jon Jones looking for opponents and then idea of moving up, I don’t hate that idea.”

Although the Australian likes his own chances against Jones, he doesn’t see Adesanya having much success against the 205lbs champion.

“I think Jon Jones would kill him. Yeah, I think it’s silly, but then Israel just kind of take jabs and bites out of everyone, doesn’t he? Yeah, he’s got a big mouth.”

Whittaker and Adesanya will meet later in the year, when they will unify the UFC middleweight title. UFC President Dana White, has suggested that the fight will go down in a stadium in Australia, around September time.

If you missed any of Adesanya’s war of words with Whittaker or Jones, you can see all the back and forth here and here.

Who do you think would trouble Jones more, Whittaker or Adesanya?

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