Present Final Combating Championship (UFC) mild heavyweight champion Jon Jones insists he’s achieved competing for the foreseeable future and can spend the subsequent two years concentrating on his endeavors exterior the blended martial arts (MMA) trade.
That’s simply tremendous with prime contender Dominick Reyes, as long as the promotion reclaims the crown from bitter “Bones.” However sadly for “The Devastator,” UFC President Dana White is satisfied he’ll (ultimately) patch issues up with Jones in some unspecified time in the future later this yr.
Reyes has different concepts.
“If he’s not gonna struggle, then you definitely’re achieved,” Reyes instructed SiriusXM. “You’re achieved, you’re stripped, it’s over as a result of he retired. I imply I assume it’s not stripped, it’s extra retired. He stated he’d stroll away … I don’t know, he’s attempting to twist and make it so he can get extra followers, ‘I’m a champion for the fighters, I’m doing all these different issues.’ He ought to have simply fought me. You possibly can’t sit out two years with a brand new champion after which be like, ‘Nicely, I’m the undisputed champ.’ You give up.”
Jones is not any stranger to being stripped.
Reyes took Jones to the restrict of their five-round struggle at UFC 247 again in February; nevertheless, “Bones” did sufficient to persuade the Texas judges that he was the higher man, sneaking out of “The Lone Star State” with a razor-thin break up choice victory and extra importantly, his 205-pound title.
There was discuss of a right away rematch — largely from Reyes — however Jones was extra involved in cashing in his chips at heavyweight. Then White obtained “grasping” and Jones, in addition to potential rival Francis Ngannou, deserted their “tremendous struggle” plans over lack of pay.
The belt, it could appear, is in White’s courtroom.