LAS VEGAS – UFC president Dana White is doubling down.
At Saturday’s UFC on ESPN 9 post-fight information convention, White was requested about Jon Jones’ latest claims that he lied a few sequence of textual content messages.
“What do you do?” White mentioned. “Who do you consider? It’s as much as you guys. What the (expletive) would I lie for? What do I’ve to achieve from mendacity about it? Why would I lie? It doesn’t matter. You realize what I imply? Clearly, he’s fired up proper now.”
White mentioned the discourse has been progressing between UFC chief enterprise officer Hunter Campbell and UFC gentle heavyweight champion Jones (26-1 MMA, 20-1 UFC) over the previous few days. Nonetheless, White made some extent to carry up how he and Jones have all the time had points.
“(Jones) had an incredible speak yesterday with Hunter, my lawyer, who’s actually near Jon Jones and likes him,” White mentioned. “They’ve an excellent relationship. That they had an excellent speak yesterday. It’s what it’s. I actually don’t care. I couldn’t care much less, to be sincere with you.
“… That they had an excellent speak. That they had an excellent speak yesterday. These guys are tight. Jon Jones and I’ve all the time had this. I’m all the time what Jon Jones might’ve been. He might have been the LeBron (James) of this sport. He might have been that large. The stuff that’s he been by, to indicate up and assume he mainly (demanded) $15 million, or $20 million, or $30 million, it’s loopy. He can do no matter he needs to do. He can sit out. He can combat. He can do no matter.”
In a latest interview, White mentioned Jones was No. 1 in his private pound-for-pound rankings. Nonetheless, he mentioned being nice and being a draw are two various things. White introduced up Jones’ many previous outside-the-cage points and the way he thinks it impacted the longtime UFC champion’s enterprise. He additionally took exception with a tweet Jones printed, implying White harm Jones’ status.
“Being the best of all-time doesn’t imply you get $30 million,” White mentioned. “Having the ability to promote (does). Jon Jones has achieved a variety of issues to himself. In one in all his tweets, he was saying I tarnished him. I tarnished you? You’ve achieved an excellent job of tarnishing you. I haven’t achieved that.
“Hunter instructed him. You’ll be able to are available in and stroll by the numbers. ‘I’ll stroll you thru the numbers.’ And he says, ‘I don’t give a (expletive) what the numbers are. I need what I need, and that’s it.’ That’s not how life works. Why don’t you guys fly again and inform your boss, ‘(Expletive) what this firm makes. That is what I need and also you’re going to provide it to me.’ See how that (expletive) works out for you.”
UFC on ESPN 9 happened Saturday on the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. The occasion aired on ESPN and streamed on ESPN+.