UFC superstar Jon Jones is stuck in a nasty stoush with UFC boss Dana White after negotiations over his pay for a potential mega-fight against new UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou.
Jones – the former UFC light heavyweight champion who is one of the competition’s greatest-ever fighters – has long touted a move up to heavyweight, but a hotly-anticipated match-up with Ngannou fell through in early 2020 over the UFC refusing to up Jones’ pay.
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With Ngannou (16-3) claiming the belt with a demolition job of Stipe Miocic last weekend, a blockbuster fight with Jones (26-1) is worth even more to the organisation, but a deal looks no closer to being done.
“Please just cut me already,” Jones tweeted – then quickly deleted. “You would rather have me around and treat me like s**t. I swear the UFC industry has been nothing but depressing for me. I feel like my wings are being clipped.”
“Just f***ing let me go,” Jones continued. “What type of weird s**t is this, obviously the boss hates me. Let me take my business elsewhere. I’m not trying to be great for other people anymore, I’m trying to be great for myself.
“There’s nothing great about being taken advantage of. You guys have no idea how insulted I feel.”
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Jones hasn’t fought since February 2020, a unanimous – but close – decision victory over Dominick Reyes in his 11th successful defence of the light heavyweight throne. He gave up that belt in the hopes of moving up to the heavyweight class.
While Jones deleted that series of tweets, he didn’t hold back in response to Dana White insinuating he was scared of Ngannou.
White said in his UFC 260 press-conference:
“If I’m Jon Jones and I’m home watching this fight, I’d start moving to ’85 (pounds).
“I could sit here all day and tell you what ‘show me the money means.’ I tell you guys this all the time, you can say you want to fight somebody, but do you really want to?
“I promise you, we can all Derrick Lewis and one of these other heavyweights, and they want the fight. If Jon Jones wants the fight, Jon Jones knows he can get the fight. All he’s got to do is call and do it.”
But Jones was furious at those suggestions, saying he wasn’t scared – but just wanted his payday.