‘I’ve Absolutely Moved On’- Dana White Gives an Update on Jon Jones’ Possible Return

Published 05/21/2021, 3:16 PM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 04: UFC President Dana White speaks to the media during the UFC 217 post fight press conference event inside Madison Square Garden on November 4, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Former UFC Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones has become an enigma for Dana White and fans alike. Ever since the Francis Ngannou and Stipe Miocic fight ended at UFC 260, he has been on the headlines more often than not.

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Recently, White appeared for an interview where he talked about Jones’ issue for the umpteenth time in the last two months. “Yeah, I’ve absolutely moved on,” he said.

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“Listen, I put on fights every Saturday. We have a window where we try to build some fights and make some things happen. If the fights don’t happen within that window, we move on.”

The UFC boss further said that he is adamant about the matchup between Derrick Lewis and Ngannou going further. “He beat Francis Ngannou. He’s next in line, he’s coming off of great performance and that’s a wrap. We’re moving on,” he added.

When he was asked about Jon Jones’ run in UFC coming to an end, White said, “That’s up to Jon. He could absolutely fight again at 205lbs. He said he wouldn’t fight Stipe and now Derrick and Francis are fighting so we’ll see how that fight plays out.”

The promotion bigwig further added that there is no wrong in going out on top either as he’s undefeated and unconquered in the whole UFC career.

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Dana White explains how Jon Jones is undefeated

Jones’ record (26-1) states that he has not won one match out of 21 professional matches. That fight came against Matt Hamill way back in 2009. The boss clarified how that fight was easily stolen away from Jones.

White said Jones didn’t lose that match but actually won it in dominating fashion like most of his fights. He further added that Nevada Athletic Commission was the weakest at that time.

“There was a referee that shouldn’t have been in there and he stole that fight from Jon Jones. So, it wouldn’t be a bad thing for him to go out on top,” White concluded.

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Many regard Jones as the greatest UFC fighter of all time. He has worked hard after dropping his light heavyweight title to enter the heavyweight division.

He would certainly want a better exit from the promotion, but for that to happen, either party needs to come at a truce.

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Akshyay Mahapatra is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He wished to combine his passion for the UFC (that he has been following since 2008) as well as his love for writing. This motivated him to enter the world of combat sports journalism.

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