Making light of the situation during an appearance on the Overdogs podcast, Jon Jones was asked who he believes is the best African fighter. The choices are Israel Adesanya, South African contender Dricus Du Plessis, and ‘Platinum’ Mikey Perry. Jon Jones may get an angry call from Israel Adesanya after the heavyweight champ seemingly fanned the flames still burning from Adesanya’s upstart rivalry with top-ranked middleweight contender Dricus Du Plessis. Meanwhile, Jon Jones is gearing up for his own return to the Octagon this November. ‘Bones’ is set to defend his title against general consensus heavyweight GOAT Stipe Miocic at UFC 295 when the promotion returns to the world’s most famous arena, Madison Square Garden. Initially, Adesanya was slated to defend the middleweight title against Du Plessis at UFC 293 on September 9. However, ‘Stillknocks’ was unable to make the quick turnaround, paving the way for the always-controversial Sean Strickland to step in and claim his first crack at the title. The pair will headline the promotion’s return to The Land Down Under while Du Plessis awaits the winner.
“The real n*gga himself. Mike Perry,” Jones responded with a laugh.
Obviously, it was Jon Jones just having a little fun at the expense of Adesanya and his budding rivalry with Du Plessis, but for Mike Perry, it was nothing more than real recognizing real.
Yes, that Mike Perry.
Following Du Plessis’ shocking second-round knockout of Robert Whittaker at UFC 290, Adesanya was quick to jump in the Octagon and engaged in a racially-charged staredown with the new number-one ranked middleweight.
Real recognize real, shout out to the goat @JonnyBones pic.twitter.com/dcnFRbw5Zr
— Platinum Mike Perry (@PlatinumPerry) August 29, 2023“Real recognize real, shout out to the goat @JonnyBones,” Perry responded while sharing the video clip.