Jon Jones Claims He’s Vacating His UFC Light Heavyweight Title
By Ross Markey
Jon ‘Bones’ Jones has claimed that he will revoke his UFC light heavyweight championship and called for a title bout between former opponent, Dominick Reyes, and Jan Błachowicz.
Jones’ apparent decision to hand in his championship comes off the back of tumultuous negotiations with the promotion ahead of a possible heavyweight division bow, opposite one-time title challenger, Francis ‘The Predator’ Ngannou.
The 32-year-old asked for his contract release and called UFC president, Dana White a “f**king liar” – after the organizational head-honcho explained how Jones had asked for a purse similar to Deontay Wilder if he were to stand opposite Ngannou in a heavyweight “superfight”.
Jones explained how a number never arose during initial talks with the promotion, despite White’s claims he had pursed a purse of $30 million, in negotiations which have spilled out into the public forum.
On his official Twitter account this Sunday night, the Jackson-Wink MMA staple suggested a pairing between top-contenders Reyes, and Błachowicz for the 205-pound crown should be next – and when asked if he was revoking his title, replied simply, “yes”.
“#ESPN (Dominick) Reyes vs. Jan (Błachowicz) For the UFC light heavyweight championship of the world. As of right now, I got nothing to really gain fighting either of them. Let me know if you guys want to set up a day in 2021 for that Izzy (Israel Adesanya) fight. Hopefully you guys will be willing to pay by then.”
The Rochester native then confirmed his decision to revoke the crown, before explaining if anyone runs into him on the street – they should call him, “JJ”. In terms of 205-pound gold, which Jones has won twice, he came, he saw, and he conquered.
“Bones out, when you see me in the streets just call me JJ”
“To the light heavyweight title Veni, vidi, vici”
In a final tweet, Jones replied to a user who explained that he was causing more harm to himself than he was to the promotion. The look-see-do fighter revealed he wasn’t sure if his current pay reflected the punishment he’s endured when he enters the Octagon.
“I hurt myself every time I walk out there and take a punch to the head and Not feel my pay is worth it anymore.”