‘You would rather treat me like s***… just f***ing let me go’: Jon Jones asks to be released from UFC after Dana White dismissed his message demanding a big payday in bid to make title fight with Francis Ngannou happen
- Jon Jones took to social media to express his anger with UFC chief Dana White
- Jones demanded White ‘show me the money’ to set up fight vs Francis Ngannou
- But White scoffed at the message, leading to a tumultuous war of words
- Jones since publicly asked to be released from UFC, in tweets now deleted
Jon Jones has declared that he wants out of UFC in a series of deleted tweets after expressing his frustration with president Dana White.
The former light heavyweight champion has been engaged in a heated war of words with UFC over the last couple of days after he initially demanded White ‘show me the money’ in a bid to set up a super-fight with Francis Ngannou.
But White scoffed at Jones’ demands for a bigger payday in order to seal the Ngannou fight after the latter recently became heavyweight champion with a second-round knockout of Stipe Miocic.
Jon Jones has expressed publicly his frustration with UFC president Dana White
White initially scoffed at Jones’ demands for a bigger payday in order to fight Francis Ngannou
And Jones has since taken to Twitter to publicly ask for his release from the promotion, with the messages having since been deleted.
‘Please just cut me already,’ Jones wrote Monday on Twitter in a series of messages.
‘You would rather have me around and treat me like s***. I swear the UFC industry has been nothing but depressing for me. Just f****** let me go.
‘What type of weird s*** is this, obviously the boss hates me. Let me take my business elsewhere.’
Jones’ initial ‘show me the money’ message, was followed up by ‘If anyone is wondering if I really want to fight, the answer is yes. I also really want to get paid.’
Jones blasted UFC and its chief White in a series of deleted tweets on Monday
His original message was in reference to a proposed showdown with Ngannou after ‘Bones’ was promised the next title fight against Ngannou after he vacated his 205-pound belt in his bid to battle it out for a second championship at heavyweight level.
But White wasn’t having any of it. ‘Listen, I can sit here all day and tell you, what’s show me the money mean?’ he said at the UFC 260 post-fight conference.
‘I tell you guys this all the time. You can say you want to fight somebody, but do you really want to?’
Jones initially tweeted ‘show me the money’ as he looked to set up his first heavyweight bout
The former light heavyweight champion insisted he really wanted the fight with Ngannou
And Jones clearly wasn’t happy with this response from the UFC chief, slamming White for hinting he was actually afraid to fight Ngannou rather than responding to his initial demands for a big paycheck.
However, this social media skirmish isn’t the first time the pair have become embroiled in a tumultuous war of words.
Nearly one year ago, Jones teased a fight with Ngannou for his heavyweight debut.
It originally seemed like UFC wanted to make it happen but before Jones knew it, negotiations came to an abrupt end which inevitably led to another clash between the 33-year-old and White.
Ngannou became heavyweight champion with a second-round knockout of Stipe Miocic
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