Jon Jones might or might not be Final Preventing Championship (UFC) mild heavyweight champion after claiming to have vacated the belt final weekend. I don’t know what his contractual obligations are at this stage of his profession, however as we discovered with the Randy Couture debacle, strolling away will not be as simple because it sounds.

Quitting will not be the identical as retiring.

Meaning Jones can’t compete for some other blended martial arts (MMA) promotions till he completes the remaining fights on his present deal. Except, in fact, UFC terminates his contract. Fats likelihood, as a result of Dana White and Co. aren’t going to let the competitors revenue from a fighter they helped create.

Ryan Bader, ever the optimist, stays hopeful.

“Gotta do what’s greatest for you Jon Jones,” Bader tweeted. “There may be all the time an alternative choice although, Bellator MMA. Would like to run it again. Respect.”

Jones submitted Bader throughout their UFC 126 showdown again in early 2011. Each combatants have been undefeated on the time and “Bones” would observe that up together with his destruction of Mauricio Rua to seize the 205-pound crown.

“Darth” has since transitioned to Bellator MMA, the place he secured the heavyweight and lightweight heavyweight titles. Throughout his 7-0 (1 NC) run, Bader has defeated the likes of Phil Davis, Matt Mitrione, and Fedor Emelianenko, amongst others.

One fighter not feeling as hopeful as Bader is UFC mild heavyweight contender Dominick Reyes, who believes he defeated Jones within the UFC 247 pay-per-view (PPV) predominant occasion, regardless of dropping by means of break up choice after 5 rounds of back-and-forth motion.

“Disappointing whether it is true and he’s critical, however the present should go on,” Reyes wrote on Twitter.