‘I Don’t Feel Like He Likes Me’- Jon Jones Finally Opens up on His Relationship With Dana White

Published 04/06/2021, 5:30 AM EDT


Over the past two decades as the head of the UFC, White has had tussles with many fighters. Tito Ortiz, Tyron Woodley to name a few. But the love-hate relationship with Jon Jones probably takes the number one spot. White has always maintained that he thinks ‘Bones’ is the greatest athlete to have ever graced the UFC. 

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However, the pair have locked horns multiple times on different issues. Be it Jones’ legal issues outside the octagon or more recently fighter pay. The two men don’t see eye to eye right now and it is depriving the fans of an epic Francis Ngannou vs Jon Jones matchup. 

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Jon Jones does not feel ‘at home’ in the UFC 

In a recent interview with Steve-O, Jones gave his honest assessment of his relationship with UFC supremo Dana White

He said, “I got a feeling that if I am able to get out of my UFC contract that I would be huge for another company. I just wish that my relationship with Dana wasn’t the way that it is. And I get that you want to make these 100s of million dollars off me, but if you don’t like me anymore if you flat out don’t like me. I don’t think he likes me…. I don’t feel like he actually likes me. I have never had whiskey nights and dinners and shit like that.” 

‘Bones’ continued, “My point is, if that is what it is, if it has gotten to a place of being personal, then I would just much rather work for a company where I felt like I went home. I am home when I go to work…. It’s just a weird feeling when you feel they don’t want you there.”

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The relationship between Jon Jones and Dana White is at a crux right now. If the pair are able to set aside their differences, fans will be able to see Jones at heavyweight. However, if they are not able to resolve their differences we might not see Jones compete in the UFC ever again let alone this year. 

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JULY 06: Jon Jones of the United States looks on after his after their UFC Light Heavyweight Title bout with Thiago Santos of Brazil at T-Mobile Arena on July 06, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Jones defeated Santos by decision. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

How do you think the current situation will play out? Let us know in the comments below!

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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