With UFC 214 just two days away, it’s become pretty clear that things between Jon Jones and Dana White are far from great.
Earlier in the week, White caused a bit of star in the MMA world, after he reported he hasn’t talked with Jones in over a year. White also relayed that he was upset with Jones, due to the latter’s highly publicized USADA flag, which led to his late withdrawal from UFC 200. Jones was ultimately suspended for a year, and wasn’t eligible to fight until earlier this month.
But, considering the timeline, and that Jones is about to fight Daniel Cormier on the UFC’s most stacked card in 2017, this news was a wee bit surprising.
Well, more recently, Jones spoke with Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times. The former light-heavyweight champ said that White has attempted to contact him on “at least four occasions”, but Jones wasn’t interested in talking. Why’s that? Well, “Bones” also had this to say about his relationship with White:
“I just feel like when you’re making the company money and you’re a pay-per-view draw and you’re ultimately putting money in his pocket, then you mean a lot to him,” Jones said of White.
“The moment you aren’t those things, you mean nothing to him, and he’s done a decent job of showing that. I felt completely abandoned by him … in a situation when I needed him the most.”
“I feel like he’s shown me his true colors, and now I have no desire to pretend like he cares about me or that we’re friends,”
Pugmire also apparently reached out to White, and relayed what Jones had said, and the UFC President acknowledged he and the star need to work some things out.
So, this is yet another layer to the fascinating backstory for this fight. Is Jones in the right mind set as this pivotal fight nears? Or will his issues with Cormier, White and the need to demonstrate he remains at the top of his game only fuel his performance?
UFC 214 will take place in Anaheim, California.