Dana White on Jon Jones: 'He could have been the LeBron' of UFC

LAS VEGAS – UFC president Dana White is doubling down.

At Saturday’s UFC on ESPN nine post-fight information convention, White was once requested about Jon Jones’ fresh claims that he lied a couple of sequence of textual content messages.

“What do you do?” White stated. “Who do you imagine? It’s as much as you guys. What the (expletive) would I lie for? What do I’ve to achieve from mendacity about it? Why would I lie? It doesn’t topic. You recognize what I imply? Clearly, he’s fired up at this time.”

White stated the discourse has been progressing between UFC leader trade officer Hunter Campbell and UFC gentle heavyweight champion Jones (26-1 MMA, 20-1 UFC) over the last few days. On the other hand, White made some extent to carry up how he and Jones have at all times had problems.

“(Jones) had an excellent communicate the previous day with Hunter, my attorney, who’s actually just about Jon Jones and likes him,” White stated. “They have got a just right dating. That they had a just right communicate the previous day. It’s what it’s. I actually don’t care. I couldn’t care much less, to be fair with you.

“… That they had a just right communicate. That they had a just right communicate the previous day. The ones guys are tight. Jon Jones and I’ve at all times had this. I’m at all times having a look at what Jon Jones may just’ve been. He will have been the LeBron (James) of this game. He will have been that gigantic. The stuff that’s he been via, to turn up and suppose he principally (demanded) $15 million, or $20 million, or $30 million, it’s loopy. He can do no matter he desires to do. He can take a seat out. He can combat. He can do no matter.”

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In a recent interview, White said Jones was No. 1 in his personal pound-for-pound rankings. However, he said being great and being a draw are two different things. White brought up Jones’ many past outside-the-cage issues and how he thinks it impacted the longtime UFC champion’s business. He also took exception with a tweet Jones published, implying White hurt Jones’ reputation.

“Being the greatest of all-time doesn’t mean you get $30 million,” White said. “Being able to sell (does). Jon Jones has done a lot of things to himself. In one of his tweets, he was saying I tarnished him. I tarnished you? You’ve done a very good job of tarnishing you. I haven’t done that.

“Hunter told him. You can come in and walk through the numbers. ‘I’ll walk you through the numbers.’ And he says, ‘I don’t give a (expletive) what the numbers are. I want what I want, and that’s it.’ That’s not how life works. Why don’t you guys fly back and tell your boss, ‘(Expletive) what this company makes. This is what I want and you’re going to give it to me.’ See how that (expletive) works out for you.”

UFC on ESPN 9 took place Saturday at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. The event aired on ESPN and streamed on ESPN+.

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