A recent announcement by Adesanya (24-3 MMA, 13-3 UFC) that he's taking time off from competition seems to resonate with Jones (27-1 MMA, 21-1 UFC). Jones recently took to his social media to share a message of solidarity, expressing his support for Adesanya's decision.
Their history of differences momentarily took a backseat as they both demonstrated sportsmanship and camaraderie. It's a testament to the ever-evolving dynamics in the world of mixed martial arts, where even the fiercest rivals can find common ground and show mutual respect.
This unexpected show of unity has left fans and the MMA community pleasantly surprised and hopeful for more positive interactions between the two fighters in the future. “Hey @stylebender I just want to let you know I support your decision to take a break from fighting.
Taking those last three years off was one of the best decisions I’ve made. Always put YOU first brother. Protect your heart, protect your mimd & spirit. Proud of you Champ”.
It's a decision that will undoubtedly keep fans and analysts on the edge of their seats
Israel Adesanya, known for being one of the most active UFC champions during his reigns, astoundingly competed in a total of 10 title fights between October 2019 and September 2023.
His remarkable work ethic and fearless attitude in defending his title set an exceptional benchmark for champions. Nonetheless, following his loss to Sean Strickland at UFC 293 in September, Adesanya initially kept the MMA world guessing with his cryptic post-fight silence.
The uncertainty surrounding his future left fans and experts speculating about his next career move. However, in a recent turn of events, Adesanya offered insights into his plans during an interview on "The Rock" podcast. He revealed his intention to step away from competition for a period, a decision that has both intrigued and taken many by surprise.
“I’m going to take time to look after myself, and I’m not going to fight for a long time,” Adesanaya said. “I’m definitely not going to retire because I know me – I’m not leaving like that.
I know me. But if I did, I’m fine. I don’t need to prove anything else. But I know what I can do and what I can change in my lifestyle to make my body adapt to where I need to be. I’m going to heal myself up. You won’t see me fight for a long time”.
as quoted by MMAJunkie This revelation not only adds an element of mystery to Adesanya's future in the octagon but also provides him with an invaluable opportunity to regroup, reassess his goals, and potentially stage a triumphant comeback when the time is right.
It's a decision that will undoubtedly keep fans and analysts on the edge of their seats as they eagerly await the next chapter in the extraordinary career of Israel Adesanya.