Jon Jones took to Twitter yet again and dropped some bombshells. Earlier in the day, five hours ago, the light heavyweight champion mapped out a championship quest for a different weight division. The positive, goal-oriented posts would quickly take a turn. As of this writing, a couple of hours ago Jones communicated that he was negotiating with the UFC. Less than half an hour later, Bones would simply tweet out “unbelievable”. This began to cause a stir among the MMA community but the social media fun was only just beginning. The tip of the proverbial iceberg.
Jon Jones may leave for two years
The consensus light heavyweight GOAT followed up that succinct post with the following, “Before even discussing numbers, the UFC was unwilling to pay more for the Francis super-fight / for me to move to heavyweight. Said I could possibly earn more in pay-per-view buys.”. An admittedly disappointing development for a fight that clearly captured the intrigue of everyone in the collective MMA community. Then fans began to chime in with Jones interacting with them in kind.
Honestly no, not in the stage of my career. I could retire today. I’ve already done my job, I’ve given this company over a decade of entertainment. https://t.co/8V3iORDXAk
— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) May 21, 2020
The social media salvos did not stop there though. After this retweet interaction, Jon Jones dropped this noteworthy quip: “It’s been fun you guys, maybe I’ll see you all in a year or two.” The reigning 205 lb champion continued with another pair of fiery tweets. The first stating, “Maybe when they’re ready to do better business I’ll come back, until then health fitness and family.” Then posting, “I should’ve worded that differently, I actually think these guys do great business. Right now things just aren’t where I want them to be.”
The last tweet, as of this writing, saw the prolific pugilist invoke a repurposed Conor McGregor-ism. “Red panty night for the light heavyweight division”. Jon Jones may leave for two years and considering this last tweet, does Jon Jones vacate? Is this some sort of prizefighting negotiation tactic whereby we’ll end up seeing the Ngannou super-fight/ Bones getting commensurately compensated. Only time will tell, it seems.