Talks between the UFC and light-weight heavyweight champion Jon Jones over a possible leap to heavyweight stalled out final month after Jones requested an “absurd” amount of cash to take action, in line with UFC president Dana White.
Jones (26-1) publicly said on social media late final week that he was “presently in negotiation” with the UFC relating to a possible combat in opposition to heavyweight knockout artist Francis Ngannou. About an hour later, Jones mentioned the UFC nixed the subject “earlier than even discussing numbers,” and he even instructed he may take a break from the game completely.
On Thursday, White instructed ESPN the amount of cash Jones requested to maneuver up was unrealistic and mentioned Jones nonetheless has work to do in his personal 205-pound weight class.
“It is one factor to come back out and say, ‘I need more cash,'” White mentioned. “The amount of cash Jon Jones wished — to start with, within the mild heavyweight division, [a rematch] in opposition to Dominick Reyes is the combat that is sensible. Is Jon Jones going to combat Francis Ngannou after which take a run on the heavyweight title? I do not consider that. He is by no means wished to maneuver to heavyweight earlier than.
“For the amount of cash he is asking for, it is not going to occur. He could not be asking for a extra absurd amount of cash at a worse time.”
Later Thursday, Jones took to Twitter to disclaim what White mentioned about his purse calls for, saying he was not “gonna sit again and permit Dana to misinform the followers.”
It is fascinating to simply sit right here and watch your boss misinform the digital camera like this. We by no means mentioned any enhance in pay. Instantly the dialog was that I already made sufficient. I by no means made a quantity supply. https://t.co/YYx4FMHeIs
— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) Might 29, 2020
Jones, 32, is extensively thought of the best fighter of all time — a sentiment White agrees with. He holds essentially the most profitable title defenses in UFC mild heavyweight historical past, and his solely loss got here beneath extremely controversial circumstances, when he was disqualified for throwing an unlawful elbow in a combat he was dominating in 2009.
He received his most up-to-date combat by shut unanimous resolution in opposition to Reyes (12-1) in February. White appeared to trace that is the combat to make, though he additionally talked about a possible bout in opposition to Jan Blachowicz, a Polish contender on a three-fight win streak.