Curtis Blaydes questions Jon Jones’ ‘angry’ tweets
UFC heavyweight Curtis Blaydes has reacted after recently being slammed by former light heavyweight champion Jon Jones on Twitter.
Although he has yet to make his debut in the division since committing to the 205-pound drop, that hasn’t stopped Jones from coming and going with some of the top heavyweight contenders.
The latest exchange saw him react to comments from No. 4-ranked Blaydes who backed Stipe Miocic to defeat ‘Bones’ in a potential fight, citing Jones’ lack of five-round experience at heavyweight and the knockout power as reasoning.
That prediction didn’t sit well with Jones, who took to Twitter to respond to Blaydes’ “ridiculous” remarks, accusing the Illinois native of “hating” him for years.
Laughing at the tweets, Blaydes basically asked Jones what he drank when he typed the response.
Blaydes: I don’t understand why Jones was offended
In a recent appearance on MMA hour Along with Ariel Helwani, Blaydes, who has made his willingness to welcome Jones to heavyweight known, responded by being the subject of the former two-time UFC champion’s latest Twitter rant.
“Razor” was in disbelief at the response, wondering how his comments, which he says are factually true, managed to offend Jones.
Evaluating his words specifically on Jones’ lack of one-hit knockout power, Blaydes pointed to the great Khabib Nurmagomedov and reigning middleweight king Israel Adesanya as other elite fighters not known to have this attribute.
“(LAUGHS) I did (see them). I’m like, bro, all I said was – I don’t even think he read everything I said. I think that he read the first line and said “Grrr” All I said was I think Stipe is more than Jon Jones because Stipe has five round title fight experience at heavyweight, which Jon doesn’t have. Why does that make you angry?
“And I also said Jon didn’t show his knockout power in one punch, which isn’t a bad thing! There’s a lot of guys who don’t have knockout power in a punch that have the belt – Khabib, he had the belt. Izzy, does Izzy have one-punch knockout power? … I don’t understand why he got so offended by that I said. But I’m on it. I don’t feel like I said anything super disrespectful or aggressive. Maybe he had a few too many drinks that night .
Blaydes also found a lot of humor in Jones’ decision to call him “tiny”.
“(LAUGHS) He called me, ‘Tiny.’ I’m like, bro, you know I’m not short, I don’t know what it was about, bro.
As Jones’ preparation for a planned heavyweight move continues, Blaydes has been working hard inside the Octagon to work his way back to the belt after his knockout loss to Derrick Lewis last February.
After edging out Jairzinho Rozenstruik and finishing Chris Daukaus, Blaydes took on Tom Aspinall in London last weekend. While the fight ended in an unfortunate injury for the Englishman, ‘Razor’ is still aiming for a title eliminator next time out against the winner of headliner Ciryl Gane vs. UFC Paris’ Tai Tuivasa.
If Blaydes keeps his momentum going, perhaps a cage date with Jones will become inevitable.
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