Jon Jones quits UFC light heavyweight title unsure of his future

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Jon Jones is no longer the UFC light heavyweight champion.

On Monday, Jones revealed that after having a conversation with the Promotion about his future, he decided to cancel his 205-pound title with immediate effect.

“Just hung up on the UFC, confirm today that I’m leaving the light heavyweight championship,” Jones tweeted. “It’s officially up for grabs.

“It was an incredible trip, sincere thanks to all of my competitors, to the UFC and especially to you fans.”

Jones has remained at odds with the UFC in recent months after expressing interest in moving to heavyweight for a potential showdown with Francis Ngannou. Immediately after initiating talks to make this fight happen, Jones revealed that negotiations were closed when he claimed the UFC refused to budge over financial constraints.

UFC President Dana White later said Jones was asking for “absurd” money to deal with Ngannou, which only exacerbated growing tensions between the fighter and the promotion.

Jones eventually added that he had no desire to compete for the UFC again until he felt like he was being paid what he was worth. Following his discussion with the promotion on Monday, it appears Jones is sticking to his guns on this.

“The last time I spoke with the UFC about my salary, there was no negotiation,” Jones said. “If that ever changes, I would love to come back and compete as a heavyweight again. Until then, I’ll be enjoying the UFC [as] a fan and doing my best to take care of my family and community.

“In good faith, I will remain in the [USADA] test pool for probably the next semester or so. I will continue to lift weights and train all the different martial arts.

Jones continuing to be tested by the United States Anti-Doping Agency would allow him to return at any time. If he decides to give up, however, Jones will have to undergo at least six months of testing before he can fight.

Last weekend, Jones teased a possible move to heavyweight after watching Stipe Miocic defend his title against former nemesis Daniel Cormier in the main event of UFC 252. Jones looked up for the challenge of face Miocic for the title, but White then dismissed that idea while proclaiming Ngannou as the next person in line for a heavyweight gold chance.

White added that Jones’ move to heavyweight was “interesting” but he wasn’t going to commit to anything yet.

Now it looks like the UFC will move forward without Jones for at least the immediate future.

As for the light heavyweight title, a rumored brawl between Dominick Reyes and Jan Blachowicz would be targeted for UFC 253 in September. If this match is finalized it would appear to be the perfect fight to crown a new light heavyweight champion, although nothing has been decided yet.

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