‘I Would Be Forced to Retire’- Jon Jones Says His Hands Are Tied Now

Published 04/06/2021, 1:30 AM EDT
HOUSTON, TEXAS – FEBRUARY 08: Jon Jones in his fight against Dominick Reyes in their UFC Light Heavyweight Championship bout during UFC 247 at Toyota Center on February 08, 2020 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)


Jon Jones is stuck between a rock and a hard place right now. He has committed himself to a move up in weight to challenge for the heavyweight title. However, it does not appear that he will be getting his shot at heavyweight any time soon. ‘Bones’ has been locking heads with the UFC over pay for many years now. 

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However, this has become more of an issue as Jones wants to be adequately compensated for the risk involved in facing a fighter like Ngannou. The UFC, unfortunately, does not see it the same way and the two parties are far from reaching a middle ground at the moment. 

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Jon Jones talks about the disadvantage of being a UFC fighter

In a recent episode of a podcast, Steve-O asked Jon Jones what other alternative he had if he did not want to continue in the UFC 

‘Bones’ said, “Well that’s the most messed up thing about my situation. In any other profession, if you’re unhappy with the way you’re being treated or the way you’re being paid or whatever you can just take your sh*t and leave. And got to the next boss and see if they value you more. In my situation, I would be forced to retire from fighting completely. Unless I wanted to coach or own a gym. So my hands are tied.”

The former champion continued, “But I do believe wholeheartedly that the companies that own Bellator and some of these other leagues, do have the same amount of financial backing that the UFC has.”

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If Jon Jones were to leave the UFC, he would most likely join Bellator. If he is able to get the amount of money he desires, it would be beneficial for both parties. For Bellator, the consensus UFC ‘GOAT’ joining them in the prime of his career would elevate their status as an MMA organization. And for Jon, he would get the money he thinks he deserves. 

However, for that to happen, there are a lot of very difficult obstacles to overcome. And it does not look likely that Jones will fight anywhere other than the UFC.

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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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