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Jon Jones sends clear message to UFC: ‘Please just cut me already … just f*cking let me go’

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Jon Jones wants out.

The former light heavyweight champion, who’s been engaged in a tumultuous war of words with the UFC over the past two days, has publicly asked for his release from the promotion.

“Please just cut me already,” Jones wrote Monday on Twitter in a series of messages that were later deleted. “You would rather have me around and treat me like sh*t. I swear the UFC industry has been nothing but depressing for me. Just f**king let me go.

“What type of weird sh*t is this, obviously the boss hates me. Let me take my business elsewhere.”

Jones’ latest statement comes in the wake of a battle with UFC President Dana White after he initially tweeted “show me the money” following Francis Ngannou becoming heavyweight champion with a second-round knockout over Stipe Miocic this past weekend.

The message was obviously in reference to a proposed showdown with Ngannou after Jones was promised the next title shot after he vacated his 205-pound belt in order to pursue a second championship at heavyweight.

White scoffed at that message when firing back at Jones’ demands for a bigger payday in order to make the Ngannou fight happen.

“Listen, I can sit here all day and tell you, what’s show me the money mean?” White said at the UFC 260 post-fight press conference. “I tell you guys this all the time. You can say you want to fight somebody, but do you really want to?”

That led to further skirmishes with Jones on social media as he blasted White for suggesting that he was suddenly afraid to fight Ngannou rather than addressing his actual concern for a bigger paycheck.

Of course this isn’t the first time Jones has entered into a public battle with White over his pay.

Almost exactly one year ago, Jones teased a potential fight against Ngannou for his heavyweight debut and it appeared the UFC was interested in making it happen. That was until Jones went nuclear on the promotion after the negotiations started and ended rather quickly, which led to another clash with White through social media and various interviews.

Eventually, Jones decided to stick around with the promotion while announcing his intentions to move to heavyweight, which was his plan for the past several months.

Now, this latest dustup not only casts doubts on Jones actually fighting Ngannou for the title, but it remains to be seen what his future in the UFC looks like considering his latest demand.