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Jon Jones (26-1-1) has recently threatened to vacate the UFC Light Heavyweight title, amid arguments between him and the UFC regarding Jones’ fighter pay. This is making many wonder if Jones will be moving on to fight for another promotion, such as Bellator.
Jon Jones has been fighting in the UFC since 2008. From the moment he emerged on the scene, everyone watching knew he had the potential for greatness. Young, tall, and skills that were just as unmatched as his reach, Jones seemed like the complete fighter package. He has defeated fighters over multiple generations and has yet to lose a fight decisively.
Jones is the youngest champion in UFC history to date. He won the light heavyweight championship at UFC 128 in his fight against legend Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in 2011. His performance against Shogun gave many hope that Jones was the future of the UFC and combat sports.
Jones has one of the greatest records in all of UFC and is known for not taking easy fights. Although, it may be his actions outside of the octagon that leave him out of many people’s GOAT list.
Tarnishing His Career
Jon Jones has a history of getting into trouble in his off time. Since 2012, Jones has had several run-ins with the law, including DWI’s, hit and runs, and battery charges.
Since then he has also had many problems with the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). He’s tested positive for cocaine metabolites, as well as turinabol; a banned steroid.
Fallout With UFC
Dana White and the UFC are known to not have the greatest relationship with Jones. Ever since his troubles outside of combat began, things started going downhill quick for Jones’ career path. Many of his fans have left his side over the years as his actions seem to not always match his words.
After Francis Ngannou’s recent KO victory at UFC 249, there were talks of a superfight between him and Jon Jones. This fight, however, will seemingly not come to fruition as the UFC is claiming Jones’ is asking for far too much money.
During a recent UFC Fight Night recap, Dana White had a few choice words regarding Jones’ recent statements. It’s been rumored that Jones is asking the UFC for “Deontay Wilder Money”, Dana responded: “Being the greatest of all time doesn’t mean you get 30 million dollars.” Jones also suggested in a few tweets that Dana White had tarnished his career, to which Dana this particular response: “I tarnished you? You’ve done a very good job of tarnishing you. I haven’t done that.”
Ryan Bader Calls Out Jones
On his way up in the light heavyweight rankings, young contender Jon “Bones” Jones faced Ryan Bader, who was undefeated at the time and was Jones’ toughest challenge yet. Jones finished Bader in the second round via submission (guillotine choke) at UFC 126. This victory earned him his title shot against Mauricio Rua.
Jones went on to become a three-time UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, meanwhile, Bader left UFC, and set his eyes on Bellator in 2016. In his debut, he won the Bellator Light Heavyweight Championship. He has since also won the Bellator Heavyweight Champion; making him one of only three multiple division champions in Bellator history.
After all of the recent drama between Jon Jones and the UFC, it seems that Jones may actually be leaving the UFC. With these rumors going around, Ryan Bader had this to say on Twitter:
It seems that Jon Jones is likely sticking to his guns on this one. If he does leave the UFC, there is a fair possibility that he moves to another promotion such as Bellator or ONE Championship if they offer him enough pay. This would also be an opportunity for Jones to pick up championship belts under new promotions, which could offer an unexpected way for him to secure his legacy, without sticking around the UFC.
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