On Thursday, UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon “Bones” Jones made a massive statement. For the last few weeks, Bones has been telling fans that he’s interested in moving up to the heavyweight division to fight Francis “The Predator” Ngannou. On Thursday afternoon, Jones tweeted that if he was going to take such a risk, he wanted to go for the heavyweight crown as well.
Later on that day, Jones tweeted that he was in negotiations with the UFC. He tweeted, “Currently in negotiation with [UFC] as we speak.”
However, things did not go the way Bones was hoping for. Around a half-hour later, Bones tweeted, “unbelievable.”
Bones then tweeted, “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.”
In response to that tweet, a fan asked Jones, “Isn’t legacy more important than money?” Bones replied, “Honestly no, not in the stage of my career. I could retire today. I’ve already done my job, I’ve given this company over a decade of entertainment.”
Bones then dropped a bombshell tweet, saying, “It’s been fun you guys, maybe I’ll see you all in a year or two.”
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Jones Said That He Would Come Back When the UFC Does ‘Better Business,’ Clarifies Meaning
The UFC champ then tweeted, “Maybe when they’re ready to do better business I’ll come back, until then health fitness and family.”
He followed up with, “I should’ve worded that differently, I actually think these guys do great business. Right now things just aren’t where I want them to be.”
Finally, Bones tweeted, “Red panty night for the light heavyweight division.”
Update: 11 p.m. PT on May 21: Jones tweeted, “I’ve had some time to think about it and Im a lot less emotional. Just sad that the ufc doesn’t see my value against the scariest HW in the world. Jan I guess you’re next in line.”
Bones Has Been Angling for a Massive Fight at Heavyweight Against Francis Ngannou
During May 9’s UFC 249, Ngannou dispatched fellow top heavyweight Jairzinho Rozenstruik in only 20 seconds. Since that victory, Jones has been calling for a fight with Ngannou. There have been talks of Jones moving up to heavyweight for years, and he is seemingly very interested in testing himself against The Predator.
The two have gone back and forth on Twitter since UFC 249, trading verbal jabs. Most recently, Ngannou tweeted a picture of himself with the caption: “Hello Jonny are you still there?” Bones snapped back, saying that would “expose him” in a fight.
Bones tweeted, “First you can save the rest of your tongue pictures for your other homies and yes I’m right here, just waking up from watching that Derek Lewis fight again. You ain’t scaring nobody, I saw your heart. You’re a big old mouse, I’ll expose you.”