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Jon
Jones
made the choice to move to heavyweight for a moment like
this one.

Francis
Ngannou
’s emphatic knockout of Stipe
Miocic
in the UFC 260
headliner set the stage for a potentially lucrative showdown with
Jones down the road. Jones vacated his 205-pound belt last year,
and it has generally expected that “Bones” would get the first
crack at the winner of Saturday’s title bout.

Jones’ initial reaction to Ngannou’s victory was to the point:
“Show me the money,” he tweeted.

Ngannou, meanwhile, appeared ready to book the matchup in his
post-fight interview with UFC commentator Joe Rogan.

“Jon Jones is the greatest of all time for mixed martial arts and
him moving up, he’s a challenge that I would take and to put it on
my record would be a very good thing on my resume,” Ngannou said.
“This time he’s gonna be the challenger, I am the champ.

“I’m ready. Any time. If it’s summer, I’ll be read to fight in July
or August.”

When Jones’ initial tweet was relayed to Dana White at the
post-fight press conference, that’s when things got chippy, as the
UFC president questioned Jones’ willingness to step up and face an
adversary as intimidating as Ngannou.

“If I’m Jon Jones and I’m home watching this fight, I start moving
to 185,” White sad. “Listen, I could sit here all day and [ask]
you, ‘What’s ‘Show me the money” mean?’ I tell you guys this all
the time: You can say you want to fight somebody, but do you really
want to?”

Jones in turn responded to White’s comments via Twitter.

“Go to 185?” Jones wrote. “I didn’t gain all this weight for no
reason.”

Jones has been quite visible on social media in his quest to
prepare for a move to heavyweight, working in the weight room to
reach a target goal of approximately 245 pounds. When Jones first
began seriously contemplating a move to heavyweight last year, he
and White clashed over financial terms. Later, however, White said
he and the fighter were in a good place.

According to White, Jones can have the fight with Ngannou as soon
as he’s ready. He then urged Jones to call UFC executive vice
president Hunter Campbell, who is usually on better terms with the
former champion than White has been.

“That sounds serious then, Jon. Call Hunter right now. We can make
that fight tonight, Jon,” White said. “Call Hunter right now.
Derrick
Lewis
is the fight to make, but if Jon Jones really wants that
fight … Listen, it’s one thing to go out and tweet and say you want
it and ‘I put on the weight and did this and that.’ Do you want 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’s got to do is call and do it. I said, it’s easy
to say you want the fight, but if you really want the fight.
Francis Ngannou is the heavyweight champion of the world right now.
All he’s got to do is pick up the phone and call Hunter and we can
get the deal done.”

While Ngannou is undoubtedly one of the most fearsome knockout
artists in the history of the sport, Jones continued to dispute the
notion that he wouldn’t want to fight the new champion. A fight
between Ngannou and Jones is likely the biggest bout the promotion
could book in 2021, and “Bones” wants to be properly
compentated.

“If anyone is wondering if I really want to fight, the answer is
yes. I also really want to get paid,” Jones wrote. “I quit the
light heavyweight division, literally gained a massive amount of
weight. And now people are saying I’m afraid? Everyone but me
claiming that I’m afraid. All I asked was to get paid.

“Why does a fighter have to be afraid the second he mentions he
wants to get paid his worth? What an insult,” he continued.
Conor
McGregor
wants big money, it’s expected. Jon Jones wants money,
now he’s [scared].

“People wonder why I gave up my belt at age 33. I’ve been working
my butt off, gained all this weight. Have never lost a fight
before. Now all of a sudden I am scared. What bullshit.”


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