JON JONES has threatened to walk out on the UFC following an explosive argument with Dana White over money.
Promoter White claimed light-heavyweight champion Jones demanded the same $30million purse boxer Deontay Wilder has been paid to move to heavyweight to fight Francis Ngannou.
He told MMA Fighting: “I’ll quote him and what he had said to my lawyer.
"He told my lawyer he wants what Deontay Wilder was paid, I think it was $30 million was what Deontay Wilder was paid."
White then said on ESPN’s First Take: “Let me just put it this way – Jon Jones wasn’t asking for $5 million more dollars; he was asking for an obscene amount of money.
"And if Jon Jones wants to speak publicly and say what the number was, that’s up to him.”
Jones did decide to publicly speak out in a serious of angry tweets, furiously denying White's claims and even asked to be released if the UFC undervalue his worth.
He wrote: "If you’re going to stick to these lies, I’m going to stick to defending myself. Please have your lawyer Hunter Campbell release those text messages.
"Don’t be a f***ing liar, my reputation has already taking enough hits. I don’t need this bulls*** Dana.
"I never asked for Diante (sic) Wilder‘s numbers. And how about since Diante (sic) is making 30 million, we settle for half of that. Since you said I’m the goat and everything.
"I don’t even make half of half of what Diante (sic) Wilder makes. If my reputation causes you to undervalue me this much. Just go ahead and release me from my @Ufc contract altogether.
"I’m sure some promoter somewhere will be more than happy to pick me up."
Jones – brother to NFL stars Arthur and Chandler – revealed he wants an increase in his usual $5m purse to fight at heavyweight, but is adamant he never demanded $30m.
He added: "And if I wanted to compare money to someone else, I would compare money to my brothers. I see firsthand the way the NFL treats their champion athletes, there’s a huge difference. I’ve kept my mouth shut my entire career.
"Do I make 5+ per fight yes. Should I stick to that number for my super fights? No. If you don’t agree with me you just don’t know business.
"I certainly didn’t ask for 30, never even threw out a number."
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