Dana White hints UFC legend Jon Jones should RETIRE and insists he will not set up Francis Ngannou fight

DANA WHITE says he has moved on from Jon Jones and hinted the fighter ought to quit the UFC.

Jones, 33, is determined to fight current UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou and called out the Cameroonian after his recent defeat of Stipe Miocic.

The 26-1 fighter has not fought in more than a year, last beating Dominick Reyes via unanimous decision in February 2020.

Jones had already received a setback from White this week, with the UFC President declaring Jones would not fight the winner of Ngannou's rematch with Derrick Lewis.

White then informed Jones he was "free to never fight again" as the pair rowed over a pay dispute.

Now White has hinted Jones should bow out of the octagon once and for all in an interview with TMZ Sports.


Asked whether he has moved on from Jones, White replied: "Yeah, I've absolutely moved on.

"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."

"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.

"So, it wouldn't be a bad thing for him to go out on top."

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Ngannou is due to take on Lewis for the second time, having lost to the American in a 2018 bout.

UFC chiefs are still finalising the details of that match-up, with no date yet set for the rematch.

Jones is unlikely to face the winner if White sticks by his word, and no title shot could force the former champion into retirement.

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