In accordance with mild heavyweight champion Jon Jones, he took his shot in making an attempt to barter a cope with the UFC for a heavyweight battle with Francis Ngannou – however he got here up empty.
On Thursday, Jones – who beforehand referred to as a possible showdown with Ngannou a “massive cash battle” – went public in tweeting about his failed try to safe a greater deal. It began with him letting everybody know that he was in talks with the UFC.
At the moment in negotiation with @UFC as we converse
About an hour later, Jones delved into how issues didn’t go his approach and reacted accordingly.
Earlier than even discussing numbers, the UFC was unwilling to pay extra for the Francis tremendous battle / for me to maneuver to heavyweight. Mentioned I may presumably earn extra in pay-per-view buys.
It’s been enjoyable you guys, perhaps I’ll see you all in a 12 months or two.
Possibly after they’re able to do higher enterprise I’ll come again, till then well being health and household.
I ought to’ve worded that in another way, I really suppose these guys do nice enterprise. Proper now issues simply aren’t the place I would like them to be.
Information of the state of affairs apparently wasn’t stunning to Ngannou.
For my part, the @ufc aren’t keen to make this Jon battle occurs or not less than for what it price
When a Twitter follower urged to Jones that he ought to nonetheless take the Ngannou battle due to legacy, he wasn’t too eager on that concept.
“Not in (this) stage of my profession,” Jones stated. “I may retire at this time. I’ve already carried out my job, I’ve given this firm over a decade of leisure.”
Social media trash speak had intensified between Jones and Ngannou for greater than every week, resulting in hypothesis that it may result in Jones lastly making his heavyweight debut, which he’s talked about over time.
Jones, who has three title defenses in his newest reign as 205-pound champ, has choices in his division, most notably prime contender Jan Blachowicz. There are additionally rematch prospects with Dominick Reyes and Thiago Santos, whom Jones narrowly defeated by choice.
Simply final week, Jones – who averted jail time in March after reaching a plea deal on costs of DWI and negligent use of a firearm – stated he had a sense his profession was “about to explode.” If that occurs, it apparently gained’t quickly contain a long-awaited transfer to heavyweight.
Stealing a web page from Conor McGregor’s playbook, Jones put fighters in his personal class on discover Thursday.
“Crimson panty evening for the sunshine heavyweight division,” he tweeted.
UPDATE: Jones closed out Thursday evening with one other tweet after “a while to suppose.”
I’ve had a while to consider it and Im quite a bit much less emotional. Simply unhappy that the ufc doesn’t see my worth in opposition to the scariest HW on the earth. Jan I suppose you’re subsequent in line #badbusiness #shocked