In a series of tweets, on May 31st, Jon Jones asks to be released from his UFC contract. It has been no secret that Jon Jones and the UFC have had a tumultuous relationship. However, it seems that their relationship has degraded even further. This degradation was even more visible after Dana White appeared in an interview. White claimed that Jon was demanding “Deontay Wilder” money, also stating that “Jon Jones could have been the LeBron of our sport.”
Dana White also brought up the fact that Jon Jones has “Done a very good job of tarnishing” himself. This is a fair criticism, as Jones is a very polarizing fighter. Jon Jones has had several scandals throughout his storied career. From committing a hit and run on a pregnant woman to his PED picogram debacle, to most recently being arrested for an aggravated DWI and negligent use of a firearm. Obviously, his actions outside of the cage has not positively amplified his career.
It may seem like a lifetime ago to many, but when Jones first landed on the scene, it was like lightening in a bottle. He smashed all challengers and beat the breaks of the likes of Shogun and Machida. It was simply incredible. Then just like that, one grievous error after another kept him on the sidelines during what was potentially his prime. It his hard not to pontificate on what could have been especially after watching “The Last Dance” documentary on Netflix.