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Jon Jones Challenges UFC to Release Him, Following Latest Comments From Dana White

Jon Jones (photo via UFC / YouTube)

By FCF Staff

Tensions between Jon Jones and Dana White continue to escalate, following failed negotiations to book a fight between the light-heavyweight champ and Francis Ngannou.

Recently Jones started campaigning for a fight with the heavyweight contender. But, a few days after, Jones claimed the UFC was unwilling to pay him more for the contest. Since then, White has claimed Jones wants an “absurd amount of money” for the Ngannou fight and that prompted the star to call the UFC President a liar.

While speaking to the media on Friday, White was asked about the rising tensions with Jones. The UFC President claimed Jones wanted to be paid comparable to how much boxing star, Deontay Wilder earns. The heavyweight reportedly made around $30 million for his rematch with Tyson Fury.

In addition, White said this (quotes via MMA Fighting).

“The guy’s made a lot of money,” White said. “If you look at Jon Jones’ track record, show me somebody that has the track record that this guy has and has made the money that Jon Jones has made. It doesn’t happen.”

A clearly upset Jones, proceeded to make the following statements via Twitter.

“If you’re going to stick to these lies, I’m going to stick to defending myself. Please have your lawyer Hunter Campbell release those text messages.”

“Don’t be a f-cking liar, my reputation has already taking enough hits. I don’t need this bullsh-t Dana. I never asked for Diante Wilder‘s numbers. And how about since Diante is making 30 million, we settle for half of that. Since you said I’m the goat and everything.”

“I don’t even make half of half of what Diante Wilder makes. If my reputation causes you to undervalue me this much. Just go ahead and release me from my @Ufc contract altogether. I’m sure some promoter somewhere will be more than happy to pick me up.”

And if I wanted to compare money to someone else, I would compare money to my brothers. I see firsthand the way the NFL treats their champion athletes, there’s a huge difference. I’ve kept my mouth shut my entire career.”

“Do I make 5+ per fight yes. Should I stick to that number for my super fights? No. If you don’t agree with me you just don’t know business. I certainly didn’t ask for 30, never even threw out a number.”

The 32-year-old Jones (26-1, 1 NC) is coming off a tightly contested, controversial decision win over Dominick Reyes in February.

posted by FCF Staff @ 8:43 pm
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