Jon Jones: UFC not willing to pay more for superfight with Francis Ngannou

Jon Jones: UFC not willing to pay more for superfight with Francis Ngannou

It seems Jon Jones’ lengthy awaited transfer to heavyweight must wait even longer.

Following a number of days of backwards and forwards messages between Jones and Francis Ngannou, the sunshine heavyweight champion despatched out a message on Thursday that negotiations with the UFC got here to an abrupt finish when the promotion was unwilling to extend their monetary provide to make the fantasy matchup change into a actuality.

Inside of 1 hour, Jones first stated he was discussing a struggle with the UFC after which revealed the dialog was already over.

“Earlier than even discussing numbers, the UFC was unwilling to pay extra for the Francis tremendous struggle/for me to maneuver to heavyweight,” Jones wrote. “Stated I might presumably earn extra in pay-per-view buys.”

Earlier than even discussing numbers, the UFC was unwilling to pay extra for the Francis tremendous struggle / for me to maneuver to heavyweight. Stated I might presumably earn extra in pay-per-view buys.

— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) Might 21, 2020

Jones appeared legitimately intrigued by the problem of dealing with Ngannou in his first heavyweight struggle after the Cameroon-born knockout artist completed his earlier 4 opponents inside the primary spherical; most lately, Ngannou flattened beforehand undefeated heavyweight contender Jairzinho Rozenstruik in simply 20 seconds at UFC 249.

Whereas he appeared able to e book the struggle, Jones stated he didn’t like what he was listening to when it comes to a proposal from the UFC.

“It’s been enjoyable you guys, perhaps I’ll see you all in a 12 months or two,” Jones wrote. “Perhaps after they’re able to do higher enterprise I’ll come again, till then well being health and household.

“I ought to’ve worded that in another way, I truly suppose these guys do nice enterprise. Proper now issues simply aren’t the place I would like them to be.”

It’s been enjoyable you guys, perhaps I’ll see you all in a 12 months or two.

— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) Might 21, 2020

Perhaps after they’re able to do higher enterprise I’ll come again, till then well being health and household.

— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) Might 21, 2020

I ought to’ve worded that in another way, I truly suppose these guys do nice enterprise. Proper now issues simply aren’t the place I would like them to be.

— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) Might 21, 2020

Contemplating the UFC remains to be reserving out their schedule for the summer season with any variety of playing cards requiring a giant major occasion, it’s completely attainable that Jones and Ngannou might nonetheless find yourself receiving a special provide from the promotion.

That stated, Jones appears content material returning to defend his 205-pound title after defeating Dominick Reyes earlier this 12 months.

“Purple panty night time for the sunshine heavyweight division,” Jones wrote.

Purple panty night time for the sunshine heavyweight division

— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) Might 21, 2020

A couple of hours after his preliminary storm of messages on Twitter, Jones despatched out another expressing his disappointment that the UFC didn’t see the worth in a possible struggle towards Ngannou. Now that it seems like he’s sticking round at mild heavyweight, the reigning champion additionally tagged the subsequent contender in line for his title.

“I’ve had a while to consider it and I’m lots much less emotional,” Jones wrote. “Simply unhappy that the UFC doesn’t see my worth towards the scariest heavyweight on the planet.

“Jan [Blachowicz] I assume you’re subsequent in line.”

I’ve had a while to consider it and Im lots much less emotional. Simply unhappy that the ufc doesn’t see my worth towards the scariest HW on the planet. Jan I assume you’re subsequent in line #badbusiness #shocked

— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) Might 22, 2020

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