Jon Jones isn’t taking any chances in his dealings with a former coach.
On Monday, Frank Lester, a pro fighter and longtime striking coach with the Jackson Wink team, released a fiery statement on Instagram in which he accused Jones of failing to pay him what he was owed for the UFC light heavyweight champion’s most recent title defense against Thiago Santos this past July.
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After 3 different houses, being screwed over by the best team in the world —->> (@jacksonwink_mma) & No.1 lb for lb fighter on the planet @jonnybones on over $13k on his last title fight, myself, my wife & our children Jordan, Braden, & baby on the way Arya, finally have a home big enough for all of us. I have no regrets, I did my job and everybody who has followed my journey knows I did my job, Jon Jones & Mike Winkeljohn just did me dirtier that I have ever even seen in this fight game. But good always prevails over evil and we have a home big enough for all of us. I will be opening TANK Mixed Martial Arts In the next 6 months and we are going to takeover the beautiful city of Albuquerque New Mexico! Karma is real. And Jon, it’s on site with me & you & you know that. You stole from my family. You got me fired from my job for no reason and for that I am grateful bc I will never work for a crook like Mike Winkelloser again. I’m 10X ‘s the coach you’ve ever been. You just bought out Greg’s name and unfortunately JACKSONS was out in the control of a dirtbag. But fuck you all very much! The only@thing that comes to Ming when I hear your names are, cowardice & deceit. It’s on site JBJ. So keep that security close F><k boy we both know you ain’t no real one. Real@ones don’t steal from pregnant woman & their families. #WARcertified #TANKLIFE #OnSite #RUNit #JBJ
Lester claims that Jones owes him over $13,000 and specifically names coach Mike Winkeljohn as having “just did me dirtier than I have ever even seen in this fight game.” He goes on to explain that he will be opening up his own gym soon before taking a few more shots at Jones and Winkeljohn and seemingly threatening to fight Jones the next time he sees him.
“Karma is real,” Lester wrote. “And Jon, it’s [on sight] with me and you, and you know that. You stole from my family. You got me fired from my job for no reason and for that I am grateful because I will never work for a crook like Mike ‘Winkelloser’ again. I’m ten times the coach you’ve ever been. You just bought out Greg (Jackson’s) name and unfortunately, Jackson’s was out in the control of a dirtbag. But f*ck you all very much!
“The only thing that comes to [mind] when I hear your names are cowardice and deceit. It’s [on sight], JBJ. So keep that security close f*ck boy, we both know you ain’t the real one. Real ones don’t steal from pregnant woman and their families.”
Jones issued a response on Lester’s Instagram post, not addressing all of Lester’s statements, but taking particular umbrage to Lester claiming that he was not properly compensated and also accusing Lester of being fired from Jackson Wink due to “drug issues.”
In response to Lester’s threats of potential physical violence, Jones wrote that he was not interested in fighting Lester or arguing further and that he would contact the Albuquerque Police Department on Tuesday to resolve the issue.
See Jones’s full statement below:
“Frank, I gave you the opportunity of a lifetime. Everyone on the team knows that I would not agree to give you $20,000 for only your second training camp on my team. And if I did, I would have totallyp aid that amount, not once in 10 years have I ever gotten a complaint about not paying staff members. If anything, I’m always complemented (sic) for being people’s highest paying client by a long shot. I won’t even get into the fact that you were fired from the team on fight week because of your drug issues.
“Anyways, I’m not going to argue with you over the internet. I would be more than happy to take this to a judge. It’s the physical threatening that I have a problem with. I have no interest in carrying a concealed pistol or preparing for any type of street fight with you. Tomorrow, I will be calling APD and bringing our confrontation to their awareness.
“Honestly, I wish I would have never gotten to know you, but I truly do wish you nothing but the best. Please just leave me alone, bro, or see me in court.”