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

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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The Houston Astros released José Abreu on Friday, cutting ties with the former AL MVP less than halfway through a three-year, $58.5 million contract.

The 37-year-old Abreu was batting .124 (14 for 113) with two homers and seven RBIs this season, during which he spent time in the minors trying to fix his swing. The Astros still owe him $30.8 million from the deal he signed before last season.

A three-time All-Star during his nine years with the Chicago White Sox, Abreu was named MVP during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season. He was the AL Rookie of the Year in 2014 after defecting from his native Cuba the previous year.

His production dropped off significantly with the Astros. He batted .237 last year, the lowest average of his career, with 18 homers and 90 RBIs.

Abreu is a career .283 hitter with 263 homers and 960 RBIs in 11 seasons.

Houston owes him $30,822,504, including $11,322,504 remaining from this year’s salary and $19.5 million for 2025. Any team can sign him for a prorated share of the $740,000 major league minimum, with the Astros responsible for the rest.

Be sure to watch the video above as Charlie Pallilo, Brandon Strange, and Josh Jordan of Stone Cold 'Stros react to the news.

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