Jon Jones has introduced on social media that he has vacated the UFC gentle heavyweight title.
He tweeted: “It’s formally up for grabs. It’s been a tremendous journey, honest thanks to all my competitors, UFC and most significantly you followers.”
The announcement brings an finish to an ongoing feud with the UFC over cash since Might, when Jones expressed a want to maneuver as much as heavyweight for a showdown with knockout king Francis Ngannou.
In a subsequent tweet, Jones confirmed that he’ll maintain discussions with UFC a few potential struggle at heavyweight.
“Simply had a very optimistic dialog with @UFC,” Jones wrote. “Appears like there will probably be negotiations for my subsequent struggle at heavy weight. All excellent news, the load gaining course of begins.”
Whereas it marks the primary time Jones has willingly relinquished the title, it’s not the primary time that he’s misplaced it exterior of the octagon.
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Again in April 2015 it was stripped from him for violating the UFC’s Athlete Code of Conduct, in addition to in April 2016 and August 2017 for failed drug assessments.
In the meantime, Daniel Cormier has introduced his retirement after his current defeat to Stipe Miocic – which marked the conclusion of their trilogy.
Taking to Instagram, the previous two-weight world champion stated: “Thanks all for the love and assist. Not what I needed or anticipated however it’s what it’s.
“To my workforce: I really like you all to dying, you’ve made so many sacrifices. I hope I made you guys proud.
“Salina and the youngsters: thanks for being my motivation. To all of the followers: I really like you a lot. You guys push me to attempt to be nice.
“To Dana White and the UFC : I’ve liked each minute. Thanks for giving me the chance. Been a helluva journey, huh?”