American mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter Jon Jones has announced that he is giving up the UFC light heavyweight championship belt.
Jones previously expressed intentions to return to the heavyweight division and fight with the French-Cameroonian athlete Francis Ngannou. The head of UFC Dana White later declared that the American requested too large sum for this duel (30 million dollars) that Jones denied, having come into conflict with the functionary.
“Organize a fight for the light heavyweight title between Dominick Reyes and Jan Blachowicz. At the moment, a fight with any of them will not give me anything. Guys, let me know if you want to have an easy fight with me in 2021. I hope you will be ready to pay me by then,” Jones wrote on Twitter.
The athlete answered in the affirmative to a subsequent question from one of the users about whether he leaves the championship belt.
Jones has been competing in the UFC since 2008. He won the title for the first time in 2011, at the age of 23, becoming the youngest champion in the history of the organization. Today Jones heads the rating of UFC fighters regardless of weight category. In total, on his account, 26 victories and one defeat in the single mixed combats, one duel was declared invalid.