Coach Says Jon Jones is “Serious” About Vacating UFC’s LHW Title And “Walking Away”
By FCF Staff
Jon Jones continues to make headlines throughout MMA, as recently the star reported he’s going to vacate the light-heavyweight title, over a dispute with the UFC regarding his pay. According to his longtime striking coach, Mike Winkeljohn, “Bones” is serious about ending his championship run.
After talks regarding a fight between Jones and heavyweight contender Francis Ngannou failed , “Bones” and White have accused each other of lying about the champ’s demands. Jones claims the UFC wasn’t willing to pay more for the super fight, while White says the he asked for an “absurd amount” of money.
“I had a conversation on Sunday with Jon and he is serious about vacating the belt and walking away,” he said. “He told me he has no problem sitting out and not fighting and just hanging out with his girls.”
Winkeljohn, however, doesn’t believe Jones’ decorated career has come to an end.
“I would be surprised because Jon is a fighter. Deep down he wants to challenge himself. So, I would be surprised if we didn’t see him fight again. The UFC also knows they need Jon back.”
“I have no idea what the realistic scenario is. It comes down to Jon and Dana and those are alphas. They will come to a deal. It may take some time but they will meet and it will work out for both parties…”
The 32-year-old Jones (26-1, 1 NC) is coming off a tightly contested, decision win over Reyes in February.