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Jon Jones puts a chokehold on Dana White’s Francis Ngannou negotiation claims

Jon Jones and Dana White are at it again, this time over the negotiations over fighting heavyweight Francis Ngannou.

The light heavyweight champion took to his Twitter account early this morning to refute earlier comments by White that he demanded an “absurd” amount of money to fight Ngannou.

“It’s one thing if you come out and say, ‘Yeah, listen, I want a little more money,’” White said to ESPN reporter Brett Okamoto. “The amount of money Jon Jones wanted doesn’t make (sense). First of all, you have, in the light heavyweight division, the Dominick Reyes fight as the fight that makes sense. So is Jon Jones going to go and fight Francis Ngannou, then try to take a run at the heavyweight title? I don’t believe that. He’s never wanted to move to heavyweight before.

“For the amount of money he’s asking for, it’s not going to happen. You couldn’t be asking for a more absurd amount of money at a worse time.”

White reiterated that Dominick Reyes and Jan Blachowicz are viable fights for Jones at light heavyweight.

Jones then went on the Twitter offensive. “It’s interesting to just sit here and watch your boss lie to the camera like this,” Jones said. “We never discussed any increase in pay. Immediately the conversation was that I already made enough. I never made a number offer.”

“If you’re not going to change my contract for the heavyweight move, at least have the decency to be honest with the fans. … I was over the situation, but I’m not gonna sit back and allow Dana to lie to the fans. I never asked for an absurd amount of money. That’s bullsh*t. … Absolute bullsh*t.”

Ngannou (15-3-0), offered his own thoughts on the matter.

It looks like for now that the super fight between Jones and Ngannou has been shelved.

And that’s a bummer for fight fans.


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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