On Saturday, White said he's ready for Jones to defend his 205-pound title whenever he wants, but balked at Jones' alleged financial demands.
Jones said he wasn't asking for Deontay Wilder's (former heavyweight boxing champion) numbers. "Please have your lawyer Hunter Campbell release those text messages", he wrote on Twitter.
White claimed that Jones had been asking for an "absurd" amount of money for the potential fight, causing Jones to launch a Twitter tirade that blasted the claims as "absolute b******t" and that White had tarnished his name.
Jon Jones is arguably the greatest MMA fighter ever who achieved his success with the UFC. "I don't believe that", White said. He added that if his reputation is the reason why he is undervalued, Jones is ready to get his walking papers and join some other promotion.
"I don't even make half of half of what Diante Wilder makes".
'You're talking all that big guy stuff about not caring, put your money where your mouth is and release me from that contract. "I'm not mad at Dana or beefing". And how about since [Wilder] is making $30 million, we settle for half of that. And then bringing up my out of the cage affairs to justify under paying me by tens of millions for years'. "We have text messages from him, but I'm not going to do that", White said in a media scrum.
Despite White being confident that he's in the right, Jones has again responded with an angry denial and even demanded his release from the UFC. The UFC boss went so far as to suggest him and Jones taking a lie detector test, though says that he refuses to release text messages sent between the two sides.
Jones went on to suggest that he should be released from his UFC contract if the promotion "undervalues" him - also citing the pay picked up by his younger brother Chandler Jones, who penned a five-year deal with National Football League team the Arizona Cardinals in 2017 worth $82.5 million. "I'm sure some promoter somewhere will be more than happy to pick me up".
However, with the UFC now in a tough spot as it tries to get fully back up-and-running admit the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, it's an additional headache that he could do without.
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