Colby Covington thinks UFC President Dana White might be on to something.
‘Chaos’ claims former light heavyweight champion Jon Jones never intended to compete in heavyweight and that ‘Bones’ was only looking to fight Francis Ngannou for ‘one more money’ before to quit the sport for good.
White didn’t put it in those exact terms, but the big UFC boss has hinted strongly that Jones may never fight in the UFC again.
“No it is [Jon Jones] don’t fight a heavy man, ”Covington said on the MMA Roasted podcast (h / t Essentially Sports), echoing White’s sentiments. “He’s finished, he no longer has the right scientist, the right juice to make. He knows he’s done. He’s trying to get another hold of money and hopes it’s so much money he won’t have anything to do, but I don’t think he’s fighting again. I just don’t see it.
“If he wanted to fight, he would have fought already,” added Covington. “He would have come back to light heavyweights and fought Jan or something. He’s too small for a heavyweight. He’s just looking to make a lot of money with Francis, but he knows he’s going to get knocked out, so he’s trying to get as much money as he can to get his ass pounded.
Jones left the light heavyweight title last year in an effort to move up to heavyweight and become a two-division champion, but things haven’t really worked out in his favor.
The No.1 pound-for-pound couldn’t come to an agreement with the UFC on compensation for fighters and was left in limbo last year. He recently brought in former Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer as a new advisor, but White still doesn’t expect us to see him return to the cage anytime soon and has “absolutely moved on.” of the idea that Jones never fights at heavyweight.
As for Covington, White has confirmed that the former interim champion is next to fight Kamaru Usman for the welterweight title. The 33-year-old has previously lost to Usman via fifth-round TKO in a welterweight title fight at UFC 245 and reportedly suffered a broken jaw.