Jon Jones claims he will vacate his UFC light heavyweight title

Jon Jones claims he will vacate his UFC light heavyweight title

The UFC might need a new UFC light heavyweight champion.

Jon Jones, who has feuded with UFC President Dana White publicly over the past couple of days, admitted Sunday evening that he’s done with the title.

Yes https://t.co/QHDrkMtBeI

— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) May 31, 2020

According to sources speaking to MMA Fighting’s Damon Martin on Sunday, Jones is ‘serious’ about vacating the light heavyweight title after this public spat with White. The situation is still evolving and cooler heads could eventually prevail but for now Jones appears ready to surrender the belt he’s defended more than any other 205-pound fighter in UFC history.

The argument between Jones and White began over a possible showdown between Jones and heavyweight star Francis Ngannou and what Jones should be paid for the potential clash.

White claimed Jones wanted $30 million for the fight against Ngannou, but Jones balked at the number, and suggested on multiple occasions that the UFC release him if they didn’t consider him to be that valuable.

Jones even suggested a new clash for the light heavyweight title between Dominick Reyes and Jan Blachowicz, and a possible return date.

#ESPN Reyes vs Jan For the UFC light heavyweight championship of the world. As of right now, I got nothing to really gain fighting either of them. Let me know if you guys want to set up a day in 2021 for that Izzy fight. Hopefully you guys will be willing to pay by then.

— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) May 31, 2020

In the above tweet, Jones refers to a superfight between himself and UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya.

He then sent some parting tweets to his fans.

Bones out, when you see me in the streets just call me JJ

— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) May 31, 2020

To the light heavyweight title Veni, vidi, vici

— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) May 31, 2020

I hurt myself every time I walk out there and take a punch to the head and Not feel my pay is worth it anymore. https://t.co/X3BjGA9d02

— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) May 31, 2020

Jones last fought this past February, winning a close decision over Reyes at UFC 247.

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