UFC News: Daniel Cormier reveals why Israel Adesanya will struggle against Jon Jones

Will Jones have a size advantage over Adesanya?
Will Jones have a size advantage over Adesanya?
Lennard Surrao

Daniel Cormier may be one of the greatest fighters in UFC history but the former UFC Double Champion is also one of the best analysts currently plying his trade in the business.

When he is not fighting or preparing for a fight, Cormier works as a commentator and analyst for UFC and is known for his insightful breakdowns.

Cormier was ringside during Israel Adesanya's Middleweight title victory at UFC 243 and the former Heavyweight Champion was asked about a possible super-fight between Jon Jones and Israel Adesanya during the post-fight show on ESPN.

Cormier admitted that while Adesanya may give Jones a run for his money, Izzy will struggle against the larger Jones.

DC explained:

“He’s just small. He’s just small for Jones. Jones is a big guy and I think people underestimate how big he is. When he grabs you because he’s so big up top — they make fun of how small his legs are — but he’s 225lbs. But a lot of the weight is up top. He’s so long that he almost like hangs on you. It’s like a towel when you’re in the clinch and I think Izzy may struggle with that because Jones is so big.”

DC knows exactly what he's talking about as he has shared the Octagon twice with his arch-rival Jones and lost both fights.

Cormier added that Jones is hittable and for Adesanya to have a chance against the Light Heavyweight Champion, Izzy would have to bulk up and get bigger.

“I would not mind watching them fight because if Jones has to stand with this guy he’s in trouble. Jones is very hittable. But Izzy needs to get a lot bigger if he’s going to fight this guy.” H/T Credit: BJPenn

Adesanya won the undisputed Middleweight Championship from Robert Whittaker at UFC 243. The Last Stylebender is widely expected to defend the strap against #2 ranked Middleweight Paulo Costa.

Jon Jones vs. Israel Adesanya has always been a dream fight as both men possess similar frames and fighting styles. While it may not happen anytime soon, wishful predictions are harmless. Do you agree with Cormier's analysis? Sound off in the comments section below:


Edited by Nishant Jayaram
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