Jon Jones’ quest to mark a fight against main heavyweight contender Francis Ngannou was halted after the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) closed his request for a raise to travel to the land of the big men .
According to “Bones,” however, the actual numbers have never been discussed, so you can understand why he was furious after hearing of Dana White’s claims that he was looking for “absurd sums” to face “The Predator”.
“Look, it’s one thing to go out and say,” I want a little more money. “But the amount of money Jon Jones wanted … first, Dominick Reyes’ fight is a fight that makes sense,” said White. in an interview with ESPN.
For White, Jones could not have chosen a worse time to ask for a raise. And even if he did not go into detail, it is safe to assume that White was referring to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has hurt the global economy.
“So, is Jon Jones going to fight Francis Ngannou and run for the heavyweight title? I do not believe it. He never wanted to go to the heavyweights before. And for the amount of money he asks, it will not happen. You couldn’t ask for a more absurd amount of money at a worse time. ”
Meanwhile, Jones does not understand why his boss would be so daring and “lying” to fans about his “absurd” request when the conversation never reached actual figures.
It’s interesting to sit here and watch your boss lie on camera like this. We never discussed a salary increase. Immediately the conversation was that I had already done enough. I have never offered a number. https://t.co/YYx4FMHeIs
– Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) May 29, 2020
“It is interesting to sit here and watch your boss lie on camera like that. We never discussed a raise, “said Jones of Twitter. “Immediately the conversation was that I had already done enough. I have never offered a number.
“If you don’t change my contract for the heavyweight movement, at least have the decency to be honest with the fans,” added Jones, who initially teased a long break after being shot. And while “Bones” was concerned that an increase and a fight against Ngannou was not in the near future, those bad feelings returned again.
“I was on the situation, but I’m not going to sit down and let Dana lie to the fans. I never asked for an absurd amount of money. It makes no sense. Absolute bullshit, “concluded the king of light heavyweights.
Jones and White have had a bit of an eventful history in the past, so it’s unclear if this latest incident further damages their working relationship.
According to White, Jones’ next fight is likely to be a rematch against Dominick Reyes, who “Bones” first defeated UFC 247 earlier this year in a hotly contested fight. Of course, Jan Blachowicz has also signaled his intention to dethrone “Bones”, so there is no shortage of options for him at 205 pounds.