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Jon Jones ups ante with Dana White, says he’s vacating light heavyweight belt

Jon Jones’ latest response to Dana White’s comments could take their recent beef to another level.

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

The UFC light heavyweight champion, irked by White’s recent comments at the UFC on ESPN 9 over the weekend, said today on Twitter that he will vacate the belt and take a sabbatical until the UFC pays him what he is worth.

The UFC or White has not officially confirmed that the light heavyweight belt is now vacant.

White claimed earlier that Jones was asking for “Deontay Wilder type money” for a heavyweight fight with Francis Ngannou. Over the weekend, White also pointed to his issues outside of cage as preventing him from being the LeBron James of MMA. Jones denied the claim, accused White of lying and then dared him to have lawyer Hunter Campbell release texts of the conversation.

Jones suggested that Dominick Reyes and Jan Blachowicz compete for the belt.

The ball is now in White’s court.


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

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