Published: Sun, May 31, 2020
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Jon Jones Asks For His Release From The UFC

Jon Jones Asks For His Release From The UFC

"I think it was $30 million, was what Deontay Wilder was paid?"

After White said that Jones had asked for "absurd" Deontay Wilder-type money for a move up to heavyweight to face top contender Francis Ngannou, "Bones" fired back at the UFC boss, asking him to release the text messages where White claimed Jones' team made the request.

"It's fun working out in the gym in the morning seeing tweets from Jon Jones saying I'm lying". I don't need this bullsh*t Dana. The last time he was in the ring, Jones defeated Dominick Reyes via unanimous decision at UFC 247 in February.

Jones, upon hearing this, immediately disputed the notion, taking to social media to rip the UFC on what it has paid him over the years in the process.

Dana White has praised Jones as MMA's "GOAT" in recent days, asserting that he could have reached even greater heights were it not for a litany of issues outside the cage including run-ins with the law and problems with alcohol, as well as doping suspensions. "It's not like I can't prove that what I'm saying is true because we have text messages".

"If you're going to stick to these lies, I'm going to stick to defending myself. We have text messages from him, but I'm not going to do that", White said in a media scrum. He'd go on to note that as a UFC champion, he makes less than half what the boxer rakes in each fight.

"If Jon Jones wants to sit down and take a lie detector test about who's lying and who's not, we can do that, too", White said. However, according to reports, Wilder ended up with somewhere in the neighborhood of $25 million to $30 million with an upside of pay-per-view profits, and that appears to be the number that White is pointing to. He added that if his reputation is the reason why he is undervalued, Jones is ready to get his walking papers and join some other promotion. Just go ahead and release me from my @Ufc contract altogether.

"Do I make 5+ per fight, yes", he continued, referring to millions.

That praise from White has clearly not placated Jones however as the row between the UFC and one of its biggest names grows increasingly ugly. It's well known that the fighters often make far more than what is disclosed, but the exact number is seldom revealed. If you don't agree with me you just don't know business.

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