The UFC might need a new UFC light heavyweight champion.
According to sources speaking to MMA Fighting’s Damon Martin on Sunday, Jones is ‘serious’ about vacating the light heavyweight title after this public spat with White. The situation is still evolving and cooler heads could eventually prevail but for now Jones appears ready to surrender the belt he’s defended more than any other 205-pound fighter in UFC history.
White claimed Jones wanted $30 million for the fight against Ngannou, but Jones balked at the number, and suggested on multiple occasions that the UFC release him if they didn’t consider him to be that valuable.
#ESPN Reyes vs Jan 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 fight. Hopefully you guys will be willing to pay by then.— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) May 31, 2020
In the above tweet, Jones refers to a superfight between himself and UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya.
He then sent some parting tweets to his fans.
Bones out, when you see me in the streets just call me JJ— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) May 31, 2020
To the light heavyweight title Veni, vidi, vici— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) May 31, 2020
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. https://t.co/X3BjGA9d02— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) May 31, 2020
Jones last fought this past February, winning a close decision over Reyes at UFC 247.