Jones Upset Over Negotiations For Ngannou Fight

Following what appears to be a bad meeting of the minds with the brass of the UFC, Jon Jones is done trying to make a fight with Francis Ngannou happen.

Last night (May 21), Jones (26-1, 1 NC) made everyone on Twitter aware that he was working on the proposed “big money fight” between himself and heavyweight star Francis Ngannou.

It only took about 30 minutes until the UFC Light Heavyweight Champion tweeted “unbelievable”, which meant that he did not get the deal he believed he deserved.

One of the reasons for the negotiations hitting a snag is the idea of revenue. Currently, no fans will be attending events due to the coronavirus. Historically, fights with Jones tend to result in gates of over $2,500,000. His last fight, a unanimous decision win over Dominick Reyes, earned over $3,549,418 inside the Toyota Center. Despite that, Jones stated the UFC was not willing to negotiate.

“Before even discussing numbers, the UFC was unwilling to pay more for the Francis super fight / for me to move to heavyweight. Said I could possibly earn more in pay-per-view buys.”

Jones also stated he will see fans in a year or two from now, as he has given enough to the company for over a decade.

Jones was able to regain the UFC Light Heavyweight Title in a bout against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 232. This was after testing positive for the drug turinabol and being stripped of the title. He then beat Anthony Smith at UFC 235 before competing in close contests against Thiago Santos and Reyes.

Recently, Jones was arrested for aggravated DWI, negligent use of a weapon and possession of an open container. There were traces of marijuana in his car, as well as a half-drunken bottle and a gun, which was fired off, per reports. With a bond arraignment court date set for April 9, Jones pled guilty and agreed to be placed under a type of house arrest. He had to complete community service, as well as pay hefty fines.

Ngannou (15-3) is on a four-fight win streak. He won his last bout at UFC 249 against Jairzinho Rozenstruik in only 20 seconds, knocking him out after a few shots. “The Predator” has been requesting a UFC Heavyweight Title opportunity but would settle for a Jones fight. Once seeing Jones’ tweets, Ngannou let out his frustrations.

“In my opinion, the @ufc aren’t willing to make this Jon fight happens or at least for what it worth”

A few hours after posting his rant, Jones came back to Twitter, stating he was calm. Jones went on to say that he was just disappointed that the UFC didn’t see the value in a fight with him and Ngannou. He later turned his attention back to the light heavyweight division, using Conor McGregor’s “red panty night” line. He then ended his rant and named the next contender in the division, Jan Blachowicz.

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