Jon “Bones” Jones tweeted Sunday that he’s giving up his UFC title in a pay dispute. Jones tweeted using the Latin phrase of “I came, I saw, I conquered,” attributed to Julius Caesar. “To the light-heavyweight title — veni, vidi, vici,” tweeted Jones. Asked if was giving up his title, he tweeted “Yes.”
After one Twitter user suggested Jones hurting himself more than the UFC, Jones replied: “I hurt myself every time I walk out there and take a punch to the head and not feel my pay is worth it anymore.” The 32-year-old Jones had expected to fight heavyweight Francis Ngannou, but said the UFC did not want to pay him enough.
UFC President Dana White said the fighter wanted “crazy” money, citing demands of $15 million, $20 million and $30 million. “He can do whatever he wants to do. He can sit out, he can fight, he can whatever,” White said Saturday night after an event in Las Vegas. “Jon Jones can say whatever he wants publicly. It’s his God-given right here in America. He can say whatever he wants. And when he’s ready to come back and fight, he can.”
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