Jon Jones vacates UFC light heavyweight title as feud with Dana White escalates

Jones has held the title since 2018 (Picture: Getty)

Jon Jones has announced he is vacating his UFC light heavyweight title after a heated war of words with Dana White.

A dispute over pay turned nasty last week when Jones accused White of lying to fans about why a super-fight with Francis Ngannou wasn’t happening.

White slammed Jones for asking for ‘Deontay Wilder’ money, but his fighter insisted he never asked for a specific number and blasted the UFC for underpaying all their athletes.

The feud now appears to have reached fever pitch, with Jones declaring the light heavyweight championship vacant.

‘ESPN [Dominick] Reyes vs Jan [Blachowicz] for the UFC light heavyweight championship of the world,’ he said.

‘As of right now, I got nothing to really gain fighting either of them. Let me know if you guys want to set up a day in 2021 for that Izzy (Adesanya) fight.

‘Hopefully you guys will be willing to pay by then.’

Jones wants Reyes to fight for the vacant title (Picture: Getty)

Jones has beaten top contenders Dominick Reyes and Jan Blachowicz and appeared to be suggesting they would fight for the vacant belt.

Fight fans quickly began asking for clarification and Jones confirmed he was relinquishing his title.

‘Bones out, when you see me in the streets call me JJ,’ he said. ‘To the light heavyweight title Veni, vidi, vici.’

Jones’ last fight was in February when he earned a controversial points win over Reyes in Texas and the American was not expected to fight during the coronavirus pandemic.

White believes Jones wasted his opportunity to be the LeBron James of MMA with repeated indiscretions outside the octagon and several doping suspensions.

Jones now appears ready to sideline himself until 2021 when he may be interested in super-fight with current middleweight champion Israel Adesanya.

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