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Jon Jones vacates UFC light heavyweight championship

It looks like Dana White and the fighter he calls “the greatest of all time” can’t come to terms.

Jon Jones walks to his corner in between rounds against Dominick Reyes in their UFC Light Heavyweight Championship bout during UFC 247 at Toyota Center on February 08, 2020 in Houston, Texas. Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

It’s mixed martial arts and it’s the UFC, so take everything with a grain of salt and realize it could all change tomorrow, but the biggest star in the sport says he’s vacating his championship.

Jon “Bones” Jones, the light heavyweight champion with the 26-1 career record and the #1 in the UFC’s pound-for-pound rankings, says on Twitter he’s abandoned his belt.

Jones hasn’t fought since defeating Dominick Reyes in February in a controversial decision in Houston. In what might not be a coincidence, Reyes signed a contract extension with unknown terms with the UFC yesterday.

Jones was looking for a “super-fight” with heavyweight Francis Ngannou, and said he was asking for “Deontay Wilder money”, referring to what the heavyweight boxer got for his bout with Tyson Fury. That number was in the range of $25-30 million, and it appears he couldn’t come to a deal with UFC President Dana White to continue in the octagon.

So we’ll see what happens here and if this for real or not, but for now it looks like Reyes will fight someone for the vacated belt, and that’s likely one of the top-four contenders at 205 lbs: #2 Thiago Santos, #3 Jan Blachowicz, or #4 Glover Teixeira.