Jon Jones Compliments Light Heavyweight Champ's Sparring

February 05, 2024

Athlete Studio

As the mixed arts world continues to spin a surprising moment of camaraderie has emerged. Jon Jones, the reigning UFC heavyweight champion, recently took a break from his recovery routine to share some kind words for fellow UFC fighter Alex Pereira on Instagram.

Pereira had shared a clip of a group sparring session where he was seen in a heated exchange with one of his gym's fighters. Jones, a figure known for his competitive spirit, was quick to compliment Pereira's performance. He highlighted the intensity of the session and commended Pereira for his efforts, a rare instance of Jones sharing a positive interaction with another UFC roster-mate.

At one point, Pereira and Jones could have been rivals inside the octagon. Jones, a former ruler of the UFC light heavyweight division, has since pursued a career as a heavyweight. Pereira, on the other hand, made a noteworthy debut at middleweight.

However, the weight cut to 185 pounds proved too draining for Pereira, leading him to transition to the light heavyweight division. Here, he managed to capture the divisional crown and even TKO'd former light heavyweight champion Jiří Procházka to claim the vacant title. The MMA community is eagerly waiting for the Brazilian's first title defense.

Pereira, also known as 'Poatan', used his post-fight interview after his victory at UFC 295 to issue a public challenge to his career rival, Israel Adesanya. He urged 'The Last Stylebender' to cut his hiatus short and make his return to the octagon against him at light heavyweight.

Despite Pereira's hopes, Adesanya turned down the challenge, stating that his previous win over 'Poatan' was enough to settle the score. Meanwhile, Jones, despite being sidelined with one of the worst injuries of his career, is still expected to face Stipe Miocic.

While the world of UFC continues to evolve, Jon Jones' compliment towards Pereira reminds us of the sportsmanship that underpins this fierce sport. As Jones continues his recovery, fans are eagerly waiting for his return to the octagon, anticipating his next move.

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