Even before the Stipe Miocic vs Francis Ngannou fight, Dana White had stated he’d like to put Jon Jones against the winner of that fight. Last Saturday (27), at UFC 260, Ngannou won by knockout in R2, and became the new champion. Theoretically, he would be the next to face “Bones”, who since last year, is training to fight in the heavyweight.
However, the former light heavyweight champ doesn’t seem to show it is going to be that easy. On social media, Jones said he needs to be properly rewarded to fight Ngannou. “Show me the money”, Jones posted, right after the Ngannou vs Miocic fight ended.
Show me the money
— BONY (@JonnyBones) March 28, 2021
Dana White didn’t seem happy about the Jones’ tweet after the event. White revealed another tenção do lutador em enfrentar Ngannou pelo título dos pesados e revelou um outro desafiante que poderia medir forças diante do novo “rei” da divisão até 120kg.
“Derrick Lewis is the fight to make, but if Jon Jones really wants that fight, and listen, it’s one thing to go out and tweet and say you want it, and I put on the weight and this and that – do you want the fight? I promise you we can call Derrick Lewis or 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. It’s easy to say you want the fight, but if you really want the fight, Francis Ngannou is the heavyweight champion of the world right now. All he’s got to do is pick up the phone and call [UFC EVP and Chief Business Officer] Hunter [Campbell] and we can get the deal done”, Dana said, and still sent a message to Jon Jones after the Ngannou vs Miocic fight.
“If I’m Jon Jones and I’m home watching this fight, I start moving to (185). Listen, I can sit here all day and tell 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?,” White questioned.
Then, Jon Jones posted a series of tweets and “spilled it out” about the UFC. Besides, the athlete was ironic about being “afraid” of Francis Ngannou.
“Go to 185? I didn’t gain all this weight for no reason,” he wrote on Twitter. If anyone is wondering if I really want to fight, the answer is yes. I also really want to get paid. I quit the light heavyweight division, and literally gained a massive amount of weight. And now people are saying I’m afraid? “Everyone but me is claiming that I’m afraid. All I asked was to get paid. Why does a fighter have to be afraid the second he mentions he wants to get paid his worth. What an insult. Conor McGregor wants big money, it’s expected. Jon Jones wants money, now he’s scared. I’ve been working my butt off, gaining all this weight. Have never lost a fight before. Now all of a sudden I am scared. What bulls***. I’ve been fighting my whole adult life, this shit just doesn’t feel right when you feel undervalued. It’s not an issue of wanting to fight. It’s an issue of wanting to be paid better. Let’s make that clear,” Jon Jonestweeted.
I’ve been fighting my whole adult life, this shit just don’t feel right when you feel undervalued. It’s not an issue of wanting to fight. It’s an issue of wanting to be paid better. Let’s make that clear https://t.co/gVJhWo9seN
— BONY (@JonnyBones) March 28, 2021
UFC Apex in Las Vegas (USA)
Saturday, March 27, 2021
Francis Ngannou defeated Stipe Miocic by R2 knockout
Vicente Luque submitted Tyron Woodley with a hand triangle in the R1
Sean O’Malley defeated Thominhas Almeida by technical knockout in the R3
Miranda Maverick defeated Gillian Robertson by unanimous decision of the judges
Jamie Mullarkey defeated Khama Worthy by R1 knockout
Alonzo Menifield submitted Fabio Cherant with a Von Flue Choke in the R1
Abubakar Nurmagomedov defeated Jared Gooden by unanimous decision of the judges
Michal Oleksiejczuk defeated Modestas Bukauskas by split decision of the judges
Omar Morales defeated Shane Young by unanimous decision of the judges
Marc-André Barriault defeated Abu Azaitar via technical knockout in the R3