Jon Jones and Dana White negotiate in public over heavyweight title shot
Jon Jones vacated his UFC light heavyweight title to make a run at heavyweight. UFC president Dana White was on record repeatedly as saying Jones would get a shot at the winner of UFC 260 main event. After Francis Ngannou beat Stipe Miocic at UFC 260 to become The Next Big Thing, “Bones” called for a title shot, and said he wouldn’t take it unless he was satisfied with the compensation.
At the post-fight press conference, White was not impressed.
“If I’m Jon Jones and I’m home watching this fight, I start moving to 185,” said White, as transcribed by MMA Junkie. “…Sure. Listen, I could sit here all day and [ask] you, ‘What’s “Show me the money” mean?’ I tell you guys this all the time: You can say you want to fight somebody, but do you really want to?”
Jones responded quickly.
Jones also responded to critics online.
UFC president Dana White has a backup if negotiations fall through – a rematch between the two hardest hitters in MMA history.
“Oh, Derrick Lewis is the fight to make,” said White, as transcribed by My MMA News. “But if Jon Jones really wants that fight…listen, it’s one thing to go out, and tweet, and say you want it, and ‘I put on the weight and I did this and that,’ do you want the fight? I promise you we can call Derrick Lewis and one of these other heavyweights, and they want the fight. If Jon Jones really wants the fight, Jon Jones knows he can get the fight. All he’s got to do is call and do it.”
Jones tweeted a response, but later deleted it.
“Talked to the UFC about giving me a proposal next week, I’ll let you know how it goes,” he wrote. “I’ll be 100% upfront with you guys… I’ll let you guys tell me if I’m asking for ridiculous numbers or not.”
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