UFC president Dana White has been right here earlier than. Over his tenure on the promotion, he’s been at odds with loads of celebrity fighters the place a disagreement finally boils over right into a heated disagreement.
At the moment, he’s embroiled in a nasty back-and-forth with UFC mild heavyweight champion Jon Jones over the cash he reportedly needed to vary divisions and face Francis Ngannou. White known as Jones’ calls for “absurd” and later mentioned the champ requested for cash akin to boxer Deontay Wilder, who reportedly made round $30 million for his most up-to-date struggle.
Jones shortly fired again, saying he was going to vacate his UFC title and stroll away from the game after spending virtually his total profession with the group.
Whereas the 2 sides clearly haven’t settled their variations but, White sounds assured that finally he’ll discover some sort of center floor with Jones. In any case, he’s managed to come back to agreements with previous rivals like Tito Ortiz.
“You’re not all the time going to agree on every little thing,” White mentioned on Eddie Hearn’s Discuss the Discuss podcast. “Jon Jones and I don’t agree on one thing proper now. We’re having a disagreement, however Jon Jones is a associate on this enterprise. Conor McGregor is a associate on this enterprise. The listing goes on and on. While you get to that stage, while you develop into a star or a world champion like these guys are, they’re a associate.
“We don’t agree proper now on issues, and we’re going to struggle and we are saying issues, the factor that’s happening in public, and finally you get to some extent the place you get uninterested in preventing and you work it out. It’s like some other relationship.”
White wasn’t requested particularly about Jones’ feedback concerning his title, or probably leaving the game over this present spat with the UFC president.
If there’s a purpose for White’s characterization of Jones as a associate, it’s as a result of he’s bought a vested curiosity in seeing the promotion succeed – that may also pad his backside line as effectively.
“The best way that it really works within the UFC, these guys that develop into these large stars, develop into companions,” White mentioned. “They develop into companions within the pay-per-view and promoting the pay-per-view. That’s how all of us make cash.
“However each a kind of guys that you simply talked about from the Chuck Liddells to the Anderson Silvas to the Georges St-Pierres to the Jon Joneses, Ronda Rousey, all of them introduced one thing totally different to the desk.”
Jones hasn’t addressed his future with the UFC because the sequence of messages he launched on Sunday. As of now, he’s nonetheless listed as the sunshine heavyweight champion on the UFC’s official web site.