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UFC President Dana White ripped into Jon Jones on Saturday, calling out the mild heavyweight champion for “tarnishing” his relish name because the impasse regarding Jones’ subsequent strive in opposition to continues.
White told journalists:
“He can attain no matter he wants. He wants to sit out, strive in opposition to, he can attain no matter. He can insist no matter he wants publicly. Or no longer it’s his God-given apt in The United States. He can insist no matter he wants. When he is able to come motivate, he can.
“In one of his tweets, he stated I tarnished his name. I tarnished you? You are going to need completed a if truth be told accurate job of tarnishing you.”
White has been negotiating Jones’ prolonged-anticipated switch up to heavyweight to strive in opposition to Francis Ngannou, however the two aspects haven’t any longer gotten end to an settlement. The UFC president told ESPN this week that Jones asked for an “absurd” quantity of money.
“So is Jon Jones going to proceed in and strive in opposition to Francis Ngannou after which strive to remove a urge at the heavyweight title? I beget no longer deliver that,” White told ESPN’s Brett Okamoto. “He is by no map wished to switch to heavyweight sooner than, and for the quantity of money he is inquiring for, it be no longer going to occur. He could per chance well no longer be inquiring for a extra absurd quantity of money at a worse time.”
Jones has taken to Twitter several cases to dispute White’s claims, calling the UFC president a “f–king liar.”
“Or no longer it’s attention-grabbing to steady sit here and predicament your boss mislead the digicam treasure this. We by no map discussed any construct bigger in pay. Without delay the dialog became once that I already made sufficient. I by no map made a quantity offer…I became once over the notify, but I’m no longer gonna sit motivate and permit Dana to mislead the followers. I by no map asked for an absurd quantity of money. That’s bulls–t.
“…Create no longer be a f–king liar, my reputation has already taking sufficient hits. I beget no longer need this bulls–t Dana. I by no map asked for Diante Wilder’s numbers. And the map in which about since Diante is making 30 million, we make a choice for half of of that. On fable of you stated I’m the goat and all the pieces.
“I beget no longer even construct half of of half of of what Diante Wilder makes. If my reputation causes you to undervalue me this grand. Honest proceed forward and release me from my UFC contract altogether. I’m optimistic some promoter someplace will be bigger than completely satisfied to plan end me up.”
White’s comments Saturday regarded to escalate the feud, actually alluding to Jones’ complications outside the Octagon. Jones has been convicted of driving below the affect twice, in conjunction with a March arrest in Recent Mexico. He became once also all for a 2015 hit-and-urge and pleaded no contest last year to disorderly conduct after an altercation with a waitress at a strip club.
To boot, Jones has examined obvious for banned substances at lots of capabilities in his UFC profession, for both efficiency-enhancing medication and cocaine.
“Hunter and I had a if truth be told respectful dialog. I love the manner you can per chance well also very neatly be looking out to paint this image of me being some offended guy disrespectfully demanding money,” Jones tweeted. “And then bringing up my out of the cage affairs to clarify below paying me by tens of tens of millions for years…You are talking all that huge guy stuff about no longer caring. Build your money where your mouth is and release me from that contract.”
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