Jon Jones is prepared to take a chronic hiatus from combating if Final Combating Championship (UFC) isn’t prepared to indicate him the cash and convey his storied profession to the subsequent stage.

Jones, who’s the present UFC gentle heavyweight champion and arguably the perfect fighter in MMA historical past, tried to implement his a lot talked about transfer as much as heavyweight when he challenged knockout sensation Francis Ngannou earlier this week. Most followers across the sport, together with former UFC champion Daniel Cormier, checked out Jones’ choice as “gangster” and easily couldn’t consider the thought of a Jones vs. Ngannou superfight in 2020.

Sadly for all events concerned, UFC wasn’t prepared to dish out the additional money it will take for Jones to make the transfer from 205 kilos. That prompted Jones to threaten a year-long hiatus from the game as he feels undervalued and underappreciated throughout a time when he’s prepared to place his complete UFC legacy on the road.

Till now, combat followers didn’t totally perceive the story behind Jones’ late-night tweets and failed contract negotiations with UFC.

“The UFC clearly advised me that they’d redo my contract the day I went heavyweight, and it will be a unique deal, so I’ve at all times held that in my again pocket, that my objective is to combat at gentle heavyweight for a very long time till I obtained to a spot that I’ve obtained nothing else to show, after which retire as a heavyweight with some actual massive fights – danger placing all of it on the road in opposition to these guys that might trigger some critical harm,” Jones advised MMA Junkie’s John Morgan. “Thursday, I discovered that that’s simply merely not taking place, and it’s upsetting. I really feel like somebody’s put just a little little bit of a restrict on my ceiling.”

Jones, 32, has been a part of UFC since 2008 and has competed in championship fights for the previous 10 years. Regardless of his tenure within the greatest MMA promotion on the planet, “Bones” nonetheless wants extra compensation to warrant a matchup with a hulking heavyweight like Ngannou.

“I had a dialog with one of many higher-ups, and earlier than we obtained into cash, it wasn’t like I requested for an excessive amount of cash, it was simply flat out, ‘No,’ proper off the bat,” Jones stated.

Jones doesn’t consider the present state of UFC in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic has something to do with the promotion denying him extra money to combat Ngannou. The reigning UFC gentle heavyweight champion believes the corporate isn’t prepared to supply him extra money than he’s already making till he partakes within the “cash fights” first.

“They didn’t say something a couple of gate or the pandemic or something like that,” Jones stated. “They only stated that they really feel like they’re caring for me fairly good and that if I need to earn more money, inevitably my cash will go up by combating Francis and people extra entertaining fights. However that simply wasn’t the deal, initially. They advised me it will be a brand new contract if I went as much as the heavyweight division.

“It was simply in my plans to have my greatest fights in the direction of the tip of my profession. Now I do know that I’m not going to be making these sort of jumps in my life. It’s simply shitty since you really feel like somebody’s put a cap in your capabilities, that somebody put a cap in your potentialities.”

Whereas Jones has given UFC loads of causes over the previous few years to solid him apart the sunshine heavyweight champion remains to be the perfect pound-for-pound fighter on the planet. Jones has had shut fights in his previous couple of contests in opposition to the likes of Dominick Reyes and Thiago Santos, however there’s no denying how good “Bones” really is.

That’s why Jones wants just a little one thing additional from the promotion to take an enormous danger of combating “Predator” at heavyweight.

“We’d by no means had a critical discuss heavyweight, however within the few occasions that we had, they made it clear to me that after I’m able to go heavyweight, that’s after we can come again to the desk and discuss paying me these life-changing combat numbers,” Jones stated. “Let’s name it what it’s: Jon Jones-Stipe Miocic? Superfight. Daniel Cormier? Superfight. Francis Ngannou is a superfight.

“Even in case you didn’t wish to change my contract, the truth that they didn’t wish to signal me up for a one-fight deal to combat a man that’s 40 kilos greater than me, the scariest dude on the planet – Francis Ngannou, the man that no person desires to combat, I’m prepared to combat him whereas being smaller than him, and also you’re not going to pay me $1 extra? You imply to inform me that this combat isn’t price something greater than me stepping in in opposition to a Jan Blachowicz? It’s simply insulting. Everybody would like to see me take this danger, and so they provided me zero upside. They provided me completely zero upside.”

“You’re prepared to pay different fighters tens of tens of millions of {dollars} to combat, however you’re not going to offer me $1 additional to place my life on the road in opposition to Francis Ngannou?” Jones requested. “You’re asking me to take the only riskiest combat within the UFC, interval, and also you don’t wish to pay me extra for that? That’s in all probability one of many riskiest fights within the historical past of the game so far as what he has along with his skillset and our measurement distinction.”

Regardless of all the current turmoil, Jones remains to be prepared to entertain the superfight so long as each side can come to an settlement.

“I simply really feel like somebody’s put a cap on me, and it’s shitty,” Jones stated. “I used to be prepared to dive within the deep finish and provides the followers fireworks, and so they flat out advised me it’s not price something. I actually make the identical quantity if I combat Jan Blachowicz. Ask any affordable fan, ‘Who would you combat?’

“They’re just about telling me irrespective of who you combat transferring ahead, your baseline goes to be caught on the progressional fee that it’s at. I can discuss as a lot shit as I need. I can publish Instagram movies all day lengthy and attempt to gown the perfect I can, however I can’t management who’s going to order the combat that night time, so that you’re tying my fingers right here in a manner.”

If nothing does get executed over the subsequent few months Jones is content material to take a seat on the sidelines till 2021 and see if one thing massive comes alongside. “Bones” simply doesn’t see the worth in combating whoever the sunshine heavyweight division spits out, particularly if Jones is lastly able to make the leap up in weight for greater fights.

“If that is how the UFC feels about me and that I’m actually price, and so they don’t wish to give me a bit of the pie in any manner, then I don’t wish to must reside by their schedule,” Jones stated. “I really feel like I don’t must reply to them if that is how they’re going to deal with me. I’m completely wonderful with them vacating the belt, letting another person combat for the belt, and I’ll come round I suppose after I’m able to, and I’ll see in the event that they’re prepared to pay for a extremely massive combat. However as of proper now, to combat Jan Blachowicz, what do I’ve to realize there? To combat Dominick Reyes? Any one in all them, I don’t have a lot to realize in these conditions.

“As a associate, it was at all times very clear that my finest days can be after I transfer to heavyweight, however now they simply shit on all that, and I’m damage, to be sincere with you.”

What say you, Manics? Will this current spat with UFC drive Jones to take a seat out? Ought to the promotion pay him what he desires given his storied previous?

Let’s hear it!