When Henry Cejudo retired from mixed martial arts (MMA), the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) quickly removed his name from official rankings before establishing a title fight between Petr Yan and Jose Aldo, which will clash at UFC 251 for the vacant belt.
Probably because “Triple C,” and I’m saying it with no disrespect, is not a bona fide pay-per-view (PPV) draw and is perhaps more expendable than light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, who also dropped his belt but it can’t It seems like UFC President Dana White is playing the game.
“I know many fighters who live in the Jackson-Wink MMA gym because they cannot afford to have their own apartment, and they are UFC fighters,” Jones told the Steve-O podcast (via MMA Junkie). “So this is sad. And if I have to have a bad relationship with Dana, sit for two years, three years, to shed light on what’s happening, then these are the things people remember you for more than winning belts. I defended the younger fighters. “
Jones, 32, is widely regarded as the best pound-for-pound fighter in MMA and has long reigned over the promotion’s 205-pound division. The only time “Bones” has been removed from its title is when it has ruined his personal life.
Or been knocked down by those pesky picograms.
White is confident that sooner or later he will be able to reopen the dialogue with Jones (26-1, 1 NC), who is still upset that he was unable to score a large payday for a possible Francis Ngannou fight, part of his planned move. to the heavyweight division.
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