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“You Had the Opportunity of a Lifetime”- Jon Jones Takes a Dig at Jake Hager for Allegedly Turning Him Down

Published 12/22/2021, 1:00 PM EST

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Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones took to Twitter to take a dig at Jake Hager for allegedly ducking a grappling match with him. Early in November, Jones announced on his Twitter that he would be taking on undefeated Bellator heavyweight and current AEW star Jake Hager in a grappling match. Hager responded to Jones’ tweet saying that no terms have been discussed or contract signed.

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Jones took to Twitter to announce that Hager turned down the match in a tweet. He said, “You can’t gloat about turning down a grappling match with the goat. You had the opportunity of a lifetime, now you’re doing interviews about what you would’ve done.”

This statement was in response to claims Hager made on the Throwing Down w/ Renee and Miesha podcast. Hager said, “Well, I don’t know what’s going on, because I’m training and I’m ready. As far as I know, it’s on. And then it got quiet on his end,” 


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Hager further went on to take a dig at Jones, saying, “Maybe he saw I wrestled for AEW and he got a little scared.” Jones has in the past talked about not getting paid enough by the UFC. He also said in prior interviews that at this stage in his career, he is looking for the biggest fights he can get, to make maximum money.

Hager is of the opinion that Jones wants a job at AEW. Pro wrestling is a massive business where a lot of money can be made for a star like Jones.

Elaborating on this, Hager said, “Everybody wants to work for AEW, so maybe he wants to get a job. Jon, come out of hiding. Prove that you’re still the GOAT, and I’ll put in a good word with Tony for you. I work with GOATs every single day, Jon. I work with the GOAT of pro wrestling Chris Jericho. So I’m like the farmer of GOATs, and I can also wrestle a little.”

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Jon Jones mentioned in an interview that he is looking to make his UFC debut at heavyweight in the first quarter of 2022. ‘Bones’ has said that he is looking to fight the winner of the Ngannou vs Gane fight for the belt when he returns to the octagon.

Jones also recently announced that he will shift his training camps to ‘Fight Ready’ in Arizona from his original gym, Jackson Wink MMA Academy. This comes after he had a fallout with his head coach. Jones will now train under former UFC double champ Henry Cejudo in Arizona.

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Nahum Lobo

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Nahum Lobo is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing a media degree from St.Xavier's College, Nahum is a religious follower of events churned out by MMA promotions like Bellator and UFC.