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Exclusive: Dana White explains his beef with Jon "Bones" Jones

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The last time we saw Jon "Bones" Jones fight was right here in Houston on February 8th at UFC 247 inside the Toyota Center. Jones, 32, defeated Dominick Reyes to successfully defend his light heavyweight title.

In an interview on The Jake Asman Show on Gow Media's SB Nation Radio, UFC President Dana White said that both he and Jones are at odds again. This time they are at odds over money. Jones wants to move to the heavyweight division and face knockout artist Francis Ngannou in what would be considered a mega fight. According to White, Jones wanted an "absurd" amount of money, reportedly comparable to what former heavyweight boxing champion Deontay Wilder received for his recent rematch against Tyson Fury ($30 million).




"This isn't the first time that Jones and I have battled and it won't be the last," White said. "I have nothing but respect for Jon Jones. I've been saying the guy is the GOAT. There's all this debate out there over who the GOAT is. There is no debate. Jon Jones has been doing this forever, and despite all the things he's done outside of the octagon, the guy has never lost a fight. Never lost a fight. And he's fought the 'Who's Who' of the sport. We've had disagreements in the past, but we will figure this out."

Despite White claiming that Jones is the GOAT, White says the UFC can not pay Jones what he wants to move up to the heavyweight division to fight someone in Ngannou that isn't a champion. White mentioned that with the pandemic impacting the country, Jones couldn't be picking a worse time to ask for more money.

"He's asking for an insane amount of money to move up to fight a guy that isn't even a champion at heavyweight," White said. "Listen, I'm not discrediting Francis Ngannou but what he is asking for doesn't make sense."

While Jones' greatness in the sport is well documented, White said he often wonders how much more Jones could have accomplished had he never had so many legal and personal issues away from the octagon.

"Jon Jones could have been the LeBron James of this sport," White said. "When I say that, that's the utmost compliment I could give somebody. The crazy thing is when you look at how good Jones is – and he is the GOAT – the crazier part is you look at what could have been."

You can listen to The Jake Asman Show weekdays from 8AM-10AM Central on SB Nation Radio.

You can listen to the full interview with Dana White below.


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This week the NASCAR cup series heads to the world center of racing, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, for the inaugural fourth of July version of the Brickyard 400. This is unprecedented for NASCAR considering over the course of 50 years they are usually in Daytona around this time. While this move was met with a lot of criticism from fans, there is a positive to come from this move though, as the sport will hold their first doubleheader with Indycar. This has been talked about for many years and now it has finally come to fruition. Another new facet of this weekend will be the Xfinity Series running on the road course configuration. This could very well lead to the cup series transitioning from the oval to the road course next season should everything go well when the Xfinity series does it. It will definitely be an interesting weekend.

Last week, Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin dominated the first-ever doubleheader at Pocono. The two drivers finished first and second in both races with Harvick taking race one and Hamlin winning race two. Both of these races came down to pit-road strategy as Harvick was able to eke out a victory by taking two tires and fuel while his teammate Aric Almirola took four. The next day Denny Hamlin pretty much had the whole field covered as he went on to claim his fourth victory of the season. Overall, the idea of two races in a weekend went over well but for the racing itself, it was hard to watch. One of the main issues I had was how the drivers didn't have to shift this week. In my opinion, that was what made this track so unique. It was an oval that had road course characteristics and it usually produced some pretty good finishes. Hopefully this will be addressed when the new car makes its debut in 2022.

One of the big stories going into this week is the announcement a couple of weeks ago that NASCAR will be moving their all-star event to Bristol Motor Speedway. Over the past couple of weeks, there has been a whirlwind of news from the Bubba Wallace story at Talladega, to the doubleheader races last week. A lot of this has put this announcement on the back burner but this is a huge story. The race will be held on Wednesday, July 15th as NASCAR continues with midweek races. This is the first time since 1986 that the race will not be run at NASCAR's home track in Charlotte back when it took place at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The format will be pretty much the same as all the winners from 2019 and 2020 will all have an automatic birth into the race while the rest of the field will run in the open event the day before. The main event will feature four stages including a 15 lap closer around one of NASCAR's most popular race tracks. I think this move was long overdue and I hope that they continue with it in the future. Don't get me wrong, there isn't anything wrong with the race at Charlotte but I think a change of pace would be welcomed. I look forward to seeing how this turns out.

As we move on to Indy this weekend, the driver I have winning is Kurt Busch. This weekend will be the 2004 Cup Series champion's 700th career start, and he's won just about every race that there is to be won except this one here at the Brickyard. This week, that is going to change. It hasn't been the most consistent season for the Vegas native, but he still sits tenth in points and right in the thick of the playoff battle. This track isn't his best as he currently has a 19.42 average finish, including a dismal 30th place finish last year. But this week, I think he gets back on track with a victory as he starts second. The veteran has flown under the radar this year, but he has definitely shown spurts where we think he is going to break-out. He also has runs where it seems like him and his team are mid-pack, but there aren't many drivers out there that have the experience he has. And a talented driver like him always finds a way to bounce back. Look for Kurt Busch to take the #1 Monster Energy Camaro to victory lane.

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