Jon Jones has accused Dana White of lying about recent negotiations.
In series of tweets posted Thursday, Jones responded to claims made by White earlier in the day in which the UFC president accused Jones of requesting an “absurd” amount of money to fight Francis Ngannou at heavyweight.
“It’s interesting to just sit here and watch your boss lie to the camera like this,” Jones wrote in his initial tweet. “We never discussed any increase in pay. Immediately the conversation was that I already made enough. I never made a number offer.”
In three follow-up tweets, Jones added, “If you’re not going to change my contract for the heavyweight move, at least have the decency to be honest with the fans. … I was over the situation, but I’m not gonna sit back and allow Dana to lie to the fans. I never asked for an absurd amount of money. That’s bullsh*t. … Absolute bullsh*t.”
White’s comments stemmed from a question about a recent tweet from Jones, in which the UFC light heavyweight champion indicated the Ngannou fight fell through because of money.
“It’s one thing if you come out and say, ‘Yeah, listen, I want a little more money,’” White said. “The amount of money Jon Jones wanted doesn’t make (sense). First of all, you have, in the light heavyweight division, the Dominick Reyes fight as the fight that makes sense. So is Jon Jones going to go and fight Francis Ngannou, then try to take a run at the heavyweight title? I don’t believe that. He’s never wanted to move to heavyweight before.
“For the amount of money he’s asking for, it’s not going to happen. You couldn’t be asking for a more absurd amount of money at a worse time.”