Jon Jones was all over Twitter following Francis Ngannou’s vicious knockout of champion Stipe Miocic at UFC 260, challenging his longtime promoter to pay for an immediate title he’s been linked to since moving on. as a heavyweight official.
Jones signaled his interest in fighting Ngannou, tweeting “let’s play baby” and “show me the money” after the new champion was crowned. But as his reactions reached UFC President Dana White, starting a sort of real-time conversation, he increasingly insisted on paying for the promotion and grew more irritated. by White’s insinuation that he didn’t want the fight, or that he would think about. fight in the middleweight division after witnessing the devastation of Ngannou.
Several Jones tweets were subsequently deleted, but not before being captured by MMA Fighting.
“What a great way to promote the fight,” he wrote on Instagram. “Let’s piss off Jon Jones and make him look scared.” How dare he ask to be paid serious money for a serious fight. “
Jones has been nominated for a heavyweight title since relinquishing the light heavyweight title. The move came after an argument with White and the UFC over a potential fight with Ngannou.
The UFC previously attempted to set up a fight between Jones and former champion Miocic, but a positive drug test and subsequent suspension from Jones ruled out that possibility. Ngannou hailed a fight with Jones, but warned him not to try to cut the title line until he gets a rematch with Miocic.
With Ngannou holding the belt, Jones is the next logical step. But former title challenger Derrick Lewis was also named by White as “the fight ahead” after Ngannou’s victory. The two lazy heavyweights got into a fight before and Lewis won a lackluster decision.