Jon Jones should retire, according to Dana White, because he is not being considered to contest Francis Ngannou.
Since vacating his light-heavyweight title, ‘Bones’ is pursuing a lucrative mega-fight with the new heavyweight champion, having worked hard over the last few months to bulk up.
However, he became involved in a pay dispute with both White and the UFC, and the organization has since moved on, focusing on Derrick Lewis vs Ngannou instead.
While he’s on top, White has made the sensational suggestion that Jones, 33, consider hanging up his gloves.
‘I’ve definitely moved on,’ the UFC president told TMZ (from the idea of Jones vs Ngannou).
‘Listen, I put on fights every Saturday. We have a window where we try to build some fights and make some things happen. If the fights don’t happen within that window, we move on.
‘I’ve been saying it since the beginning, Derrick Lewis is the guy who should be getting the title shots.
‘He beat Francis Ngannou. He’s next in line, he’s coming off of great performances and that’s a wrap. We’re moving on.
‘There’s nothing wrong with going out on top either – Jon Jones is undefeated, he’s never been beaten.
White continued: ‘For those people that don’t know, you see that one loss on his record, he didn’t lose that fight he won that fight in dominant fashion like most of his fights.
‘It was a time when the Nevada Athletic Commission was at its weakest and there was a referee that shouldn’t have been in there and he stole that fight from Jon Jones.
He and his supporters have both called for a Jones clash, but it remains to be seen if the American can reach an agreement with his bosses.
Jones vehemently denied White’s assertion that he was seeking £21 million to battle Ngannou, a claim the boxer vehemently denied before parting ways with his management business.