Jon Jones & Dana White At Odds Over Francis Ngannou Fight
Jon Jones and UFC President Dana White are clashing over pay once again.
Jones is the former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion. He vacated the gold in an effort to move up to the heavyweight division. After Francis Ngannou’s UFC Heavyweight Title win over Stipe Miocic, Jones expressed his desire to receive a higher payday. This led to a rather interesting assumption by UFC President Dana White.
White responded to Jones’ calls for a bigger check during the UFC 260 post-fight press conference.
“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?”
Jones took to his Twitter account to express his gripes with the UFC boss in a series of now-deleted tweets.
“A huge slap in the face and I thought we were on good terms. I’ve been sitting here working hard, excited to come back to the company. Just to get that [expletive].”
“Is this fight worth [Deontay] Wilder money? That’s the big question. Do I need a last name like McGregor to make at least half of that? Am I really the bad guy or is there a bigger issue here?
“Somebody called my bluff, I’m not playing games. It’s obvious what I want.
“When have I ever sat there and box with a slugger? Never. Haters want to see me lose so bad, give me some coin. Put your money where your mouth is.”
This isn’t the first time Jones and White argued about money. Before Ngannou’s rematch with Miocic was even booked, “Bones” had been calling for a showdown with “The Predator” as long as his pay increased. White claimed that Jones demanded that he get paid “Deontay Wilder money.” The two fired off personal digs and Jones threatened to walk away from the UFC until a change is made.