According to most experts, Jon Jones is one of, if not, the best MMA fighter of all-time. Just a few months ago, Jones was openly critical of the UFC and president Dana White for not properly compensating fighters. There has been speculation about him walking away from the promotion. Jones posted a couple of tweets about his future following the Daniel Cormier-Stipe Miocic fight, and Joe Rogan thinks there are some terrified fighters in the UFC.
Jon Jones and his fallout with UFC
Jon Jones last fought in February at UFC 247 when he won in a five-round unanimous decision over Dominick Reyes. After the fight, negotiations started behind the scenes on a superfight between Jones and heavyweight Francis Ngannou. In early June, Jones let the whole world know about the negotiations and how they had broken down in an expletive-filled Twitter tirade.
“Everything was good until I asked for a piece of the pie.. ufc totally comfortable with me taking concussions for over a decade but asking for generational wealth. Get the f–k out of here.”
It was yet another criticism the champion levied against the UFC and president Dana White. Just days before, he went on another Twitter spell, talking about how he had not been compensated appropriately during his tenure with the promotion—a complaint other fighters have made as well.
All of it combined added up to Jones telling White he was willing to leave the UFC and go to another promotion or retire.
Jon Jones working in community
Many in the UFC community wondered if Jon Jones was sincere and really stepped away, what he would do next. While he hasn’t been fighting in the octagon since February, he has been fighting for his community.
Jones has been helping out in his hometown with the C.A.R.E. Project, which is a group of local New Mexicans supporting community, local business, and peaceful protest. Jones and several others created the group to help the community clean up downtown Albuquerque following riots in the area.
In May, when protests and demonstrations turned violent, and looters and vandals began descending on American cities, Jones stepped in and intervened in an incident in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Jones posted a video to his Instagram account showing the confrontation he had with two men who he described as “destroying our cities.”
“Is this sh*t even about George Floyd anymore?!? Why the f–k are you punk ass teenagers destroying our cities!??,” Jones wrote. “As a young black man trust me I’m frustrated as well but this is not the way, we are starting to make a bad situation worse. If you really got love for your city (505), protect your s–t. All you old heads need to speak up, call your young family members and tell them to come home tonight.”
Joe Rogan says Jones as heavyweight is scary thought
While Jon Jones has remained quiet on the UFC front lately, he ended his silence immediately following Stipe Miocic’s victory over Daniel Cormier. Jones took to Twitter and shared his thoughts.
“Heavyweight world championships I will be seeing you real soon. Victorious,” he wrote. A few minutes later, he added more fuel to the speculation fire. “Avoid Stipe’s right hand, I’m too fast, I’ll be too strong when the time is right and have way too much energy. Soon and very soon I’ll be considered the baddest man on this planet.”
Joe Rogan and company were discussing Miocic’s future opponents in a post-fight analysis when presented with the latest Jones’ tweets. Rogan had some interesting thoughts of his own.
“Jon Jones, without a doubt, is the greatest mix martial arts fighter I’ve ever seen. What he’s been able to do with the light heavyweight division, and just go undefeated against the cream of the crop for so long, you’ve gotta think the next step is moving up to heavyweight. Because you don’t really see a big challenge for him now at light heavyweight.
“Nothing is going to get his juices flowing the way the opportunity to become the UFC heavyweight champion of the world would. I think if you watch John on Instagram, what you see is a lot of weight lifting. A lot of dead lifts. A lot of squats. He’s putting some meat on those skinny legs. And Jon Jones at heavyweight is a terrifying prospect for a lot of human beings. And I wanna see it.”
All UFC fans want to see Jon Jones back in the octagon. Whether it’s Miocic, or Ngannou, Dana White, who’s been on a good run lately of nailing down some top-flight cards, should pull the trigger, pay Jones what he deserves, and make a Jones heavyweight fight happen.