Jon Jones is pushing back against comments UFC President Dana White made about the light heavyweight champion's demands to fight Francis Ngannou.
In a thread posted on Twitter, Jones called White's claims "lies" and asked for his release "if my reputation causes you to undervalue me this much" (warning: contains NFSW language):
White told ESPN's Brett Okamoto on Thursday that Jones was asking for an "absurd amount of money" to move up to heavyweight for a showdown with Ngannou.
Jones responded at the time, writing on Twitter that White was lying on camera because the two sides "never discussed any increase in pay" and that he "never made a number offer."
On Friday's episode of Get Up, White noted Jones has been told if he wants to move up to heavyweight "absolutely we would make a new deal with you to move up to heavyweight."
As Jones has gone through all of his challengers at light heavyweight, there have been rumblings about him testing the waters at heavyweight. He tweeted earlier this month that he has "absolutely nothing else to prove as a light heavyweight" and "would love" a big money fight against a top heavyweight.
Ngannou is one of the top heavyweights in UFC with a 15-3 career record. All of his wins have come by TKO or submission, including four straight first-round TKOs since November 2018.
Jones is unbeaten in his last 18 fights and has successfully defended the UFC light heavyweight title three times since winning it for the second time in December 2018.