‘I Never Discussed Wanting $30 Million’- Jon Jones Hits Back at Dana White for His Recent Claims on Social Media

Published 04/24/2021, 10:01 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)


Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones took to social media and clapped back at a claim made by Dana White. Chiefly, Jones and White have been at opposite ends of the spectrum regarding Jones’ heavyweight debut. ‘Bones’ is primed to face Francis Ngannou, the newly minted heavyweight champion of the world.

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However, the fight is ways away from ever being booked as both parties are unable to reach a contractual agreement. Chiefly, this isn’t the first time Jones has gone to war with the UFC brass over issues related to money. This is the reason he hasn’t fought since UFC 247 that took place all the way back in February 2020.

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Jon Jones vs Dana White: Whose side of the story do you believe?

Dana White spoke to Bill Simmons in the lead-up to UFC 261 in Jacksonville, Florida, and provided an update on Jones vs Ngannou. White revealed that the UFC couldn’t come to a deal with Jones after he asked for a flat-fee of $30 million. ‘Bones’ Jones didn’t take too long to issue a statement about White’s claims and surprisingly dispelled them entirely.

Fans have begun taking sides and there’s plenty of chatter online with regards to White’s comments on Jones’ asking price. Throughout the saga between White and Jones, several figures have been quoted ranging from $10 million to $50 million. With Jones disputing White’s recent claims, fans wonder where exactly he falls in the bracket.

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Jon Jones has made his move up to heavyweight in a rather comprehensive fashion and fully committed to it. Even if the fight falls through, for now, fans expect that Jones and the UFC will eventually come to an agreement. Jones has put on some serious muscle and a move back down to light heavyweight seems unlikely.

The drama between White and Jones has led to further mystique surrounding a potential fight against Francis Ngannou. ‘The Predator’ himself is making waves as a breakout star and is growing to be a draw. The pay-per-view numbers for a potential match-up are sure to be massive if the fight somehow gets put together.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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