After a small part of Jones’ tweetstorm on Saturday night after Ngannous Ko win Stipe Miocic at the UFC 260White indicated that the ball is in the former light heavyweight champion’s court. If “Bones” doesn’t want the fight, so will many others.
“Derrick Lewis is the fight to have to fight, but if Jon Jones really wants this fight and is listening, it’s one thing to go out and tweet and say you want it and I’ll pick it up and this and that – do you want that Struggle? “White asked at the press conference after the fight. “I promise you we can call Derrick Lewis or one of these other heavyweights and they want the fight.
“If Jon Jones really wants the fight, Jon Jones knows he can get the fight. All he has to do is call and do it. It’s easy to say you want the fight, but if you really want the fight, Francis Ngannou is the world heavyweight champion right now. All he has to do is pick up the phone and call [UFC EVP and Chief Business Officer] Hunter [Campbell] and we can do the deal. “
White responded to a tweet from Jones when the UFC 260 press conference was taking place. “Bones” scoffed at the idea that he was going to move to middleweight division – two divisions lower than what he had been Preparing to fight for several months – because he was afraid of Ngannou.
“Go to 185? I put on weight for a reason, ”wrote Jones, adding a laughing emoji.
“I like it,” White replied, then looked at cameras. “That sounds serious then, Jon. Call Hunter now. We can fight this fight tonight. Call Hunter now. «
Jones made it clear after watching Ngannou that it’s not about wanting the fight – his paycheck is. The ex-champion, who gave up his title last year after fighting over money with White and Co. over a possible super fight with Ngannou, appeared take up the posture again that put him on the road with the promotion primarily, citing the UFC star Conor McGregor to illustrate a double standard about financial requirements.
“What a great way to promote the fight,” Jones wrote on Instagram. “Let’s just kid Jon Jones and make him look scared. How dare he get serious money for a serious fight? “
Jones was widely expected to meet the winner of the UFC 260 headliner. But almost from the moment White was asked about the fight at the press conference for Saturday’s event, the UFC manager stated that Jones didn’t want the matchup.
“When I’m Jon Jones and watch this fight at home, I’ll go to ”White said with a laugh.
White said he wanted to lead the fight between Ngannou and Jones. When he heard that Jones had tweeted, “Show me the money,” he sent a message that the ex-champion’s interest was not strong enough to accept the offer of the promotion.
“Listen, I can sit here all day and tell you what is the money showing me? I tell you this all the time, “White said. “You can say you want to fight someone, but do you really want to?”
Lewis, who left last month Curtis Blaydes, recently said he wanted a rematch with Ngannou, whom he defeated in an extremely lackluster fight UFC 226. But he added he did has to renegotiate his contract with the promotion before proceeding.