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‘People so quick to jump on a hype train’ - Jon Jones mocks Israel Adesanya, fans, after UFC 259 loss

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Jon Jones is tired of hearing about your praises for Israel Adesanya.

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Fans and observers had high expectations for Israel Adesanya at UFC 259. He even came in as the betting favorite against reigning champion Jan Blachowicz.

“The Last Stylebender” ended up losing by unanimous decision, a first in his professional MMA career. Watching from the sidelines was Jon Jones, whom he’d been beefing with over the last few months.

“Bones” was live-tweeting throughout the event. As expected, he had some words for the current middleweight champion. But these days, he no longer seems interested in a possible super-fight.

He also has a message for those who continue to praise Adesanya.

UFC president Dana White gave Adesanya his due props for stepping up and taking a shot at greatness. But as far as he’s concerned with regards to the Jones super-fight, that ship has sailed.

“That’s what this fight was all about,” White said during his post-fight scrum. “This fight was, ‘Is Israel gonna beat Jan and go on to superstardom and possibly fight Jon Jones at heavyweight?

“He’s the middleweight champ. He doesn’t get the light heavyweight title and he doesn’t fight Jon Jones. But you know what? You can never hurt somebody for thinking big and trying to become great. He gave it a shot tonight and (it) didn’t happen.”

Jones has been removed from the light heavyweight division since August when he announced his move to heavyweight. The date of his debut has yet to be finalized, but as confirmed by UFC president Dana White, he will challenge the winner of UFC 260’s headliner between Stipe Miocic and Francis Ngannou.