‘That’s What Made Me Retire’- Jon Jones Gives the Real Reason Why He Left UFC

Published 04/06/2021, 2:35 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – JULY 06: Jon Jones enters the octagon in his 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)


Former UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones recently announced that he is retiring from the UFC. He was supposed to fight the winner of Stipe Miocic vs Francis Ngannou.

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After Ngannou emerged as the new UFC heavyweight champion, many expected him to face ‘Bones’ in his first title defense as the latter is looking to make his debut in the division.

However, the recent tirade on Twitter from Jones has squashed any possibilities of that fight happening anytime soon. He announced retirement, adding to the surprise of the fans.

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‘Bones’ recently explained the reasoning behind his decision. He wants a raise in payment for taking the extra risk of moving up a weight class and fighting a beast, like Ngannou.

But the fact that the UFC wasn’t willing to budge at all they didn’t want to talk about hey listen let’s pay you a little less let’s enhance this this let’s make this, there was never, zero, no negotiation whether you go heavyweight next whether you used to fight Dominick Reyes next, whether you fight Jan Blachowicz next, we’re going to get paid the same amount, the same amount and that’s what made me retire,” said Jones.

HOUSTON, TEXAS – FEBRUARY 08: Jon Jones celebrates his victory over Dominick Reyes in their light heavyweight championship bout during the UFC 247 event at Toyota Center on February 08, 2020 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Jones is considered the greatest fighter to ever grace the UFC Octagon. However, his recent performances have been rather lackluster, considering his sky-high usual standards.

Bones‘ believes the chances of him getting defeated are much higher at heavyweight, especially against someone like ‘The Predator‘ who can break his jaw. He is ready to take the risk but only if compensated adequately.

Should the UFC re-negotiate with Jon Jones?

Jones’ accolades inside the Octagon are undeniable. There’s a reason why everyone respects him so much as a fighter.

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UFC fighters are usually very underpaid when compared to other mainstream sports’ superstars. However, one might argue they put more on the line in terms of training and risk for their job.

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)

So, Jones has a right to ask for higher rewards to take bigger risks. But his recent saga with the UFC is only making the fans wait longer. MMA fanatics want to see him fight. So, it would be better if both parties come to an agreement sooner rather than later.

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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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