UFC middleweight Israel Adesanya '100 per cent' willing to fight rival Jon Jones at HEAVYWEIGHT

ISRAEL ADESANYA is "100 per cent" adamant he would fight Jon Jones at heavyweight.

The UFC middleweight champion had rivalled the legendary American online and plotted a move up in weight to fight him.

And even after Jones, 33, vacated his light-heavyweight belt to make a run at heavyweight, Adesanya, 31, maintains the grudge match is still on.

He said: “One hundred percent. It doesn’t change my plans.

“My plan is still going forward as planned. So, yeah, same thing."

Adesanya fought as high as heavyweight during his kickboxing career, but has only campaigned at the 185lb middleweight division in the UFC.

The New Zealander's trainer Eugene Bareman even revealed his fighter could challenge Stipe Miocic.

Adesanya – who won the title in 2019 – makes the second defence of his belt against Paulo Costa, 29, which headlines UFC 252 next month.

And only after fully conquering the middleweight division would he consider facing Jones.

Adesanya said: “Look how long it took him to move up to heavyweight, finally.

"Like I said, he was expecting me to do it straight away, when I hadn’t even defended my belt yet.

"I’ve defended my belt twice now, I want to defend it a few more times and then do what I set out to do.

"But, yeah, the pot calling the kettle black on his part."

Jones was earlier this year linked with a fight against Francis Ngannou, but was forced to deny claims he wanted £25million to do so. 

He then threatened to walk out on the promotion, after rowing over his pay. 

The UFC great was adamant he would not fight until his row with the promotion was resolved.

But after after his rival Daniel Cormier, 41, retired following defeat to Stipe Miocic, 37, Jones was inspired to have a change in heart.

Ahead of his leap to heavyweight, Adesanya said: "Go put some f***ing muscle on your chopstick legs and go fight Francis Ngannou and watch him break you.

"I hope he doesn’t, though. Maybe he does. Who knows?”

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