Jon Jones announced Sunday he will relinquish his UFC light heavyweight title.
On Monday, UFC President Dana White responded.
"Jon Jones is one of the greatest to ever do it," White said in a statement (h/t Neil Davidson of the Canadian Press). "The decision he wants to make regarding his career is up to him. The reality is that he's made enough money from fighting that he's now in the position to retire and never work again in his life."
Jones and White have been in a public dispute over the former's financial draw for the UFC since what Jones called "unbelievable" negotiations for a potential fight against Francis Ngannou in late May:
Jones was fined $25,000 in 2015 for failing an out-of-competition drug test and served a 15-month ban from the sport for his second violation of the UFC's anti-doping policy that ended in October 2018. The star was arrested by Albuquerque Police for aggravated DWI, negligent use of a firearm, possession of an open container and no proof of insurance in late March.
Jones is 26-1 with a no contest in the UFC. The 32-year-old last fought Feb. 8 against Dominick Reyes. Jones defeated Reyes in a fifth-round decision.