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White: Jones 'tarnished' own name; fighter asks for release

Field Level Media
01 Jun 2020, 02:19 GMT+10

UFC president Dana White and light heavyweight champion Jon "Bones" Jones continued their war of words, with the former launching a verbal jab while the latter took to Twitter early Sunday morning to ask for his release from his contract.

The public spat began after Jones pushed for a bigger payday to move to the heavyweight class for a potential bout against Francis Ngannou. When White balked at the move, Jones labeled him "a (expletive) liar," encouraged him to reveal text messages about the payday in the neighborhood of $30 million and dared the company to release him.

"(Jones) can do whatever he wants," White said during a UFC news conference on Saturday. "He wants to sit out, fight, he can do whatever. He can say whatever he wants publicly. It's his God-given right in America. He can say whatever he wants. When he's ready to come back, he can.

"In one of his tweets, he said I tarnished his name. I tarnished you? You've done a very good job of tarnishing you."

White may be alluding to Jones' outside-the-ring issues in which the 32-year-old fighter has been arrested multiple times during his UFC career, on charges ranging from felony hit-and-run in 2015 to DUI. He pleaded guilty to a DWI charge in his home state of New Mexico in March.

For his part, Jones (26-1, one no contest) addressed a variety of topics on social media early Sunday morning.

"At no point did I ever demand anything from you Dana, I simply asked for a Super fight and asked to be compensated for it," Jones wrote. "You are the one who started talking negotiations publicly and showing the world how much you've been withholding from your athletes this whole time."

Jones didn't stop there.

"You're talking all that big guy stuff about not caring, put your money where your mouth is and release me from that contract," Jones wrote on Twitter.

Jones is the UFC's longtime light heavyweight champion after winning the title in 2011.

--Field Level Media

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