An ongoing confrontation between UFC president Dana White and light-weight heavyweight champion Jon Jones continued Saturday, with White stating that Jones has “executed an excellent job of tarnishing” his personal identify, with none assist from the corporate he fights for.
The 2 have been at odds for greater than per week, following an unsuccessful spherical of negotiations for a possible heavyweight combat between Jones and Francis Ngannou.
Jones has adamantly denied White’s assertion he requested for a selected sum of money. In a single social media put up Friday night time, Jones went as far as to counsel the UFC launch him totally if his popularity causes the promotion to “undervalue me this a lot.”
“He can do no matter he desires,” White stated throughout a UFC information convention on Saturday. “He desires to take a seat out, combat, he can do no matter. He can say no matter he desires publicly. It is his God-given proper in America. He can say no matter he desires. When he is prepared to return again, he can.
“In one in every of his tweets, he stated I tarnished his identify. I tarnished you? You’ve got executed an excellent job of tarnishing you.”
White was, presumably, referring to Jones’ checkered authorized historical past. Jones has been arrested a number of occasions throughout his UFC profession, on costs starting from felony hit-and-run to DUI. He pleaded responsible to a DWI cost in his house state of New Mexico in March.
Jones, 32, revealed the negotiations by way of social media on Might 21, claiming the UFC instantly knowledgeable him he would not make any further cash to maneuver up a weight class. This previous week, White, 50, informed ESPN that Jones requested for an “absurd sum of money,” corresponding to heavyweight boxer Deontay Wilder’s latest purses.
“Do not be a f—ing liar,” Jones wrote on Twitter on Friday. “My popularity has already taking sufficient hits. I do not want this bulls— Dana. I by no means requested for [Deontay Wilder] numbers. And the way about since [Wilder] is making $30 million, we accept half of that. Because you stated I am the [greatest of all time] and all the pieces.”
White has repeatedly claimed Jones is the best MMA fighter of all time, whereas including he believes Jones might have completed way more have been it not for his points outdoors of the cage.
On Saturday, White stated he’s prepared for Jones to defend his 205-pound title each time he desires, however he balked at Jones’ alleged monetary calls for.
“Being the best of all time does not imply you get $30 million. It is with the ability to promote,” White stated, including that the UFC walked Jones by way of the latest numbers on his fights. “[Jones] stated, ‘I do not give a f— what the numbers are. I would like what I would like.’
“That is not how life works.”