‘Do I Need a Last Name Like McGregor’- Jon Jones Mentions Deontay Wilder to Take a Jab at UFC in Deleted Tweet

Published 03/28/2021, 3:27 PM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – MAY 17: Deontay Wilder looks on during his official weigh-in against Dominic Breazeale at LIU Athletic Center on May 17, 2019 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)


Francis Ngannou put the rest of the heavyweight division on notice as he knocked out Stipe Miocic in a spectacular fashion to become the undisputed UFC Heavyweight Champion.

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Many have touted Jon Jones as a potential opponent for ‘The Predator’ in his first defense. Jones recently took to Twitter to take a shot at the UFC.

Is this fight worth Diante Wilder money? That’s a big question. Do I need a last name like McGregor to make at least half of that?

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“Am I really the bad guy or is there a bigger issue here,” he wrote. The former light-heavyweight champion deleted the tweet inside 20 seconds of posting it.

Needless to mention ‘Bones’ misspelled the former boxing heavyweight champion, Deontay Wilder. ‘The Bronze Bomber‘ is one of the biggest draws of combat sports.

Jon mentioned him alongside Conor McGregor, who is the biggest draw in UFC history. Jones wants to earn the same kind of money that those fighters are making.

LAS VEGAS, NV – JULY 06: Jon Jones is interviewed after his win over Thiago Santos of Brazil in their UFC light heavyweight championship fight during the UFC 239 event at T-Mobile Arena on July 6, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC)

Jones is one of the greatest fighters to ever grace the Octagon, if not the greatest. So, one can understand why he wants to be compensated like the biggest stars of combat sport.

However, he hasn’t helped his case with his last few performances inside the Octagon. Those were rather lackluster considering his caliber.

Jon Jones vs Francis Ngannou: Will this fight eventually happen?

Jones relinquished his light-heavyweight belt in a bid to get ready for a move up to the heavyweight division. Now, after Ngannou’s win at UFC 260, a super fight is on the horizon. But it seems like the negotiations between his side and the UFC won’t be very straightforward.

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Fans can’t wait to see Jones make his debut in the new division and fight the likes of Ngannou. ‘The Predator‘ proved that his fight IQ is almost at par with his athleticism at the moment.

This is a scary thought for any fighter that wishes to step across the Octagon against him. So, one might understand why Jones wants a huge pay-day to fight Ngannou.

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Whether he gets his wish or not, remains to be seen. What did you make of Jon Jones’ claims? Share your thoughts.

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Apratim Banerjee

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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