Jon Jones picks Mike Perry as his African American fave over Adesanya

UFC heavyweight Jon Jones named his best African athlete in the UFC. He hilariously answered Mike Perry.

UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya and number one contender Dricus du Plessis are currently beefing over the legitimacy of their African heritage. It all started when du Plessis said that he will be the real African champion.

This statement surely doesn’t sit well with the likes of Israel Adesanya and Kamaru Usman who have proudly celebrated their success as African champions in the UFC. Du Plessis and Adesanya have been beefing ever since and it’s still a hot topic until now.

Recently, Jon ‘Bones’ Jones was asked about his opinion on the matters. During his appearance on the Overdogs podcast, Jones was asked to name his best African UFC athlete.

“Who is the best African fighter: Izzy, Du Plessis, or Mike Perry?” The host jokingly asked to which Jones confidently answered, “The real n**** himself, Mike Perry!”

The joke about Perry being an African athlete came after his excessive use of the n-word in the past. After receiving a lot of backlash for using that racial slur, Perry shared a video of himself jokingly saying that he took a DNA test and it revealed that he is 2% African, which made him eligible to say the slur.

Not just that. Perry also referred to former welterweight champion Tyron Woodley with the n-word. But, Woodley was fine with it and seemingly gave Perry the pass.

Despite suffering many losses, Mike Perry was one of the most exciting UFC athletes. Unfortunately, he left the promotion in 2021 and joined Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship (BKFC).

‘Platinum’ had his third bare-knuckle boxing match at BKFC 41 on April 29. He took on UFC veteran Luke Rockhold and headlined the event. The 31-year-old remained undefeated with a total of 3 wins after retiring Rockhold in the second round. Thanks to his relentless style, Perry gained more fame within BKFC.

On the other hand, Jon Jones is set to defend his heavyweight title for the first time against former champion Stipe Miocic. They are set to exchange blows at UFC 295 on November 11 in New York.