Israel ‘The Last Stylebender’ Adesanya won the middleweight title this past Saturday with a second-round knockout victory over Robert ‘Bobby Knuckles’ Whittaker in the UFC 243 headliner in Melbourne, Australia.
Adesanya will most likely make his first title defense against Paulo Costa in early 2020. However, he’s been saying for months that he eventually wants to move up to light heavyweight and dethrone Jon ‘Bones’ Jones.
Both fighters have engaged in a war of words for several months. Adesanya said in an interview earlier this week that he’d like to face Jones in early 2021 at “Raiders Stadium in Las Vegas.”
Beforehand, he feels like he should defend his middleweight strap a few times, as he told ESPN’s Ariel Helwani on Monday. Jones then replied to Adesanya’s comments:
Whatever the case, Bovada opened odds for this potential showdown earlier today. The offshore betting shop sent Jones out as a -550 favorite, leaving ‘The Last Stylebender’ as a +375 underdog.
Also, BetOnline opened Adesanya as a -140 favorite vs. Costa on Sunday. That number is now up to -175 with Costa as the +150 underdog.
The 30-year-old Adesanya is 18-0 in his mixed martial arts career, going 7-0 in the UFC since his Octagon debut on Feb. 11 of 2018. He has earned four Performance of the Night bonuses and two Fight of the Night awards in his seven appearances for the promotion in a 20-month span.