Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, who vacated his title earlier this week after negotiations stalled, is offering up a $100,000 prize to the first fighter able to win six straight championship bouts at 205 pounds.
Not to cast judgement on Jones’ authenticity but uh ... better get that in writing.
“First light heavyweight to win six championships in a row I’ll pay $100,000 to whatever charity of their liking,” Jones wrote on Twitter. “I’ll be waiting.”
Jones (26-1, 1 NC) holds the division record at eight straight title defenses and probably would have racked up a few more, but his personal problems outside the cage (like this disaster) forced the promotion to take away his championship privileges.
I guess that’s better than being declared indigent.
“Was going to challenge a light heavyweight to beat my world championship record but we all know that’s probably not happening in this lifetime,” Jones continued.
Jones, 33, would probably be 28-0 with 22 wins under the UFC banner but his death elbows at The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale got him disqualified by referee Steve Mazzagatti. Then came his “No Contest” against Daniel Cormier after the picogram fiasco at UFC 214.
“Seriously, I challenge you guys to go out there and be great too,” Jones said. “It’s going to be awesome watching with that cheeseburger in my hand. I really do believe putting on a little extra weight is going to bring out my true genetic/athletic potential.”
There are probably better ways to bulk up for a heavyweight debut but that is up to Jones and his team to decide. In the interim, Dominick Reyes and Jan Blachowicz will compete for the 205-pound strap at UFC 253 in September.