UFC chief Dana White open to super-fight between champions Jon Jones and Israel Adesanya

A SUPER-FIGHT between Jon Jones and Israel Adesanya is one for the future, according to UFC president Dana White.

Adesanya, 29, claimed the interim middleweight title at UFC 236 after beating Kelvin Gastelum, 27, in a dramatic shootout that saw the Aucklander steal the title with a heroic last round.

After picking up the gold “The Last Stylebender” set up a unification showdown with current UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker.

But despite earning the right to challenge the middleweight king, a super-fight between fellow striking supremo Jones, 31, was what Adesanya was asked about.

Although calling out Jones earlier in the week, Adesanya said last night: “This is about me. This moment is right now is about what me and what me Kelvin did tonight. None of that.

“I’ll address that at another time. But right now, it’s about me.”

One man who could address the fight, and has the power to put on the dream match-up is UFC president White.

Adesanya was told he still has to face champion Whittaker, as well as middleweight contender "Jacare" Souza.

However, Stylebender’s UFC boss admitted he would “love to see” light-heavyweight champion Jones face the sports newest phenom.

White said: “(Adesanya has) got Whittaker to look forward to now. Whittaker is a bad dude.

"He’s bigger than Kelvin, he hits harder than Kelvin, and he needs to focus on him right now.

“I know him and Jon Jones have been talking some smack, and listen, if he wins, and he becomes the middleweight champion, obviously I’d love to see him and Jon Jones fight.

“But we’ll see how everything plays out and timing. Because the other thing is if Israel fights Whittaker and wins, there’s other guys that have been waiting in line, too, to fight for the title.

“If Jacare keeps winning and doesn’t get a title fight, that guy might kill me.

“But that Jon Jones fight is going to be out there for Israel no matter what. That ain’t going anywhere.”

Despite gaining widespread praise for his championship winning performance last night, Jones was not so convinced with Adesanya’s triumph against Gastelum.

Jones said: “My man had a toe to toe kick boxing match with a short stubby wrestler. There’s only one Jon Jones ladies and gentlemen.

“Nothing but respect for Kelvin. Dude Almost beat a kickboxer without throwing a single kick.

“You guys can you believe the hype if you want to. I’ve seen all I had to see.”

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