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Jon Jones Tells UFC to Cut Him In Deleted Tweets After Dana White Questions His Desire to Fight Francis Ngannou

March 30, 2021 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas

Jon Jones is frustrated with the UFC and asked in now-deleted tweets to be released after Dana White questioned whether Jones wants to fight Francis Ngannou. MMA Weekly reports Jones posted to Twitter and said in posts that he deleted soon after:

“Please just cut me already. You would rather have me around and treat me like s**t. I swear the UFC industry has been nothing but depressing for me. I feel like my wings are being clipped. Just f—ing let me go. What type of weird s–t is this, obviously the boss hates me. Let me take my business elsewhere. I’m not trying to be great for other people anymore, I’m trying to be great for myself. There’s nothing great about being taken advantage of. You guys have no idea how insulted I feel.”

This came after White responded to a comment by Jones that the UFC should “show [him] the money” to fight Ngannou, the new UFC heavyweight champion, by saying, “If I’m Jon Jones and I’m sitting at home watching this fight, I start [thinking of] moving to 185. I can sit here all day and tell you what ‘show me the money’ means. You can say you want to fight somebody, but do you really want to?”

One of Jones’ biggest rivals, Daniel Cormier, has come to Jones’ defense. He said on his DC & Helwani’podcast (per MMA Weekly), “Jon Jones, for everything that’s between us, is not afraid of Francis Ngannou. He’s not afraid bro. I understand that most people would be afraid. But guess who else wasn’t afraid? Stipe Miocic, and Derrick Lewis, and Cyril Gane. Those guys aren’t afraid.”

He went on to add that these are negotiation tactics in his estimation, saying, “Here’s where you start to play the game if you’re Dana and Jones. Jones wants his money, Dana has to show that he has options. That’s all that’s happening, right? High level negotiations is what’s going on right now … Make no mistake about it, Jones believes that he will beat Francis Ngannou. As any great champion would believe that they would beat him,” Cormier said. “Now, is that the case? I don’t know. But Jon Jones is one of the most talented guys that I’ve ever seen inside the octagon. And if you have to find someone that can piece together a way to solve that puzzle, it’s Jon Jones. Let’s not be crazy here.”

No word yet on who Ngannou’s next fight will actually be against.