MMA News: Daniel Cormier: Adesanya ‘small’ for Jon Jones now, Joe Schilling reveals horror injury after KO

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Daniel Cormier thinks Adesanya is ‘just small’ for Jon Jones

Former UFC heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier has moved to quash the rumours surrounding Israel Adesanya and Jon Jones.

Cormier, who recently relinquished his crown to Stipe Miocic, believes the ‘Last Stylebender’ lacks the physical presence to trouble the current light-heavyweight champion….at the moment.

Adesanya became the undisputed middleweight champion at UFC 243 by stopping Robert Whittaker in Melbourne, with much of the pre-fight discussion about Jones’ Twitter outburst.

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Israel Adesanya is targeting light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones
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The duo have been engaged in verbal spars for some time, but Cormier thinks getting them in the octagon is a bad move just yet.

“He’s just small,” Cormier said. “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, right — they make fun of how small his legs are — but he’s 225lbs [and] a lot of the weight is up top. He’s so long that he almost 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.”

There is perhaps no one better in the MMA community to have their say on Jones than Cormier, with whom he has shared one of the greatest rivalries in the sport.

And after fighting him twice, ‘DC’ believes Jones could be hurt by Adesanya at some point in the future.

“I would not mind watching them fight because if Jones has to stand with this guy, he’s in trouble,” Cormier concluded. “Jones is very hittable but Izzy needs to get a lot bigger if he’s going to fight this guy.”

Joanna Jedrzejczyk hits out at ATT teammate Colby Covington

Joanna Jedrzejczyk has warned Colby Covington to stop bad mouthing American Top Team teammates Jorge Masvidal and Dustin Poirier.

The former interim welterweight champion has made a career out of trash-talking, but his skillset has seen him earn a shot at defending champion Kamaru Usman in December.

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Colby Covington will try and prise the welterweight world title away from Kamaru Usman at UFC 245
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Alonhg the way however, Covington has lashged out at Masvidal and Poirier, despite training out of the samwe gym.

And former bantamweight champion Jedrzejczyk wants ‘Chaos’ to reign it in.

”You shouldn’t s*** in your gym,” Jedrzejczyk told theScore. “What (Covington) has done, it’s like pretty shady, you know? I really do not respect that. … I really don’t like it because we are all teammates.”

”It was really not nice because even if I really like Khabib … I need to and I want to stick to my people and support them,” Jedrzejczyk said. “I saw how hard Dustin Poirier was training before the fight.

“The gym is very big. … We all are different, from different cultures, different countries, we all behave differently, we all have (a) different sense of humour.

“But the thing is you should support your teammates, it doesn’t matter if you like them or not.

“We represent one team; we represent the same colours, so we should support each other as much as we can.”

Joe Schilling reveals horror injuries after Bellator 229

Joe Schilling has made a career out of his explosive and laissez-faire stand up game, but it may have cost the kickboxing specialist.

The middleweight was emphatically stopped by Tony Johnson at Bellator 229 after being floored by a hue left-hand.

It was the second time Schilling has been knocked out in six appearances for Bellator MMA – he also suffered a knockout loss in his Bellator Kickboxing debut in July 2016 – and the setback snapped a career-best two-fight winning streak.

Following the defeat, Schilling took to social media to reveal the extent of his injuries to his fans.

“For the last two weeks I haven’t been able to use my right arm,” Schilling said. “I’ve been at OC Fight Doctor getting therapy to try to straighten out my right arm and getting anti-inflammatory injections in my right hand, and my right arm won’t extend all the way.

“I thought that I was going to be able to find a way to just get the job done, and then I’m also really sick. Anybody that was in my locker room – and probably even Tony Johnson’s locker room – could hear me hacking up and throwing up in the trash can before my warm-up. I just kept telling myself I was going to find a way to win, and I felt like I came close, but Tony Johnson did a great job tonight. Congratulations to him.

“On top of only fighting with one arm, I broke (my left) arm in the first round. I just left the hospital, this is a splint, I broke my left arm with that spinning backfist in the first round, and yeah, I’m embarrassed. I just wanted to apologize to my fans and management and sponsors.

“I didn’t look like myself out there, and I got caught and that’s part of the game. I just explained that to my son. That’s what makes this sport so f****** gangster and I’m one of the most gangster mother f****** you’ll ever meet. But looking back I probably should have pulled out of the fight. … “Congratulations Tony Johnson – (he) hit me with a great shot and put me out. I would like an immediate rematch as soon as possible, and again I’m sorry to anybody that I let down.”

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