What’s Next for Jon Jones After Allegedly Vacating UFC Title?

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Perhaps, the only person that can defeat Jon Jones is UFC President Dana White. The two men have been in a very heated and public feud over the last few weeks in regards to contracts, super fights, and Jones’ immediate future.

The heated exchanges have naturally spilled over to social media where Jones has ramped up his counterpunching. In fact, if we are to believe Jones then we might not see him inside an octagon for quite some time.

One of the greatest MMA competitors of all-time, Jon Jones has indicated that he will be relinquishing the light heavyweight title and taking time off from the UFC. Immediately, fans and pundits have begun speculating whether Jones is really done or not.

It’s certainly a twist in this ongoing soap opera that has huge ramifications inside and outside of the octagon. With that said, UFC betting sites have picked up on Jon Jones allegedly vacating the light heavyweight title. These online betting sites have released odds on what’s next for this all-time great.

How Did We Get Here With Jon Jones and Dana White?

Contract negotiations and financial disputes are part of the business when it comes to setting up potential fights. However, once in a while those disputes will become public and turned into a social media soap opera.

The spat between Dana White and Jon Jones is a perfect example of how a contractual dispute can turn into a social media frenzy.

The tipping point for this dispute can be seen when talks of a super fight between Jon Jones and Francis Ngannou broke down due to financial compensation. This led to Jones questioning the UFC’s motives and ultimately concluding that they undervalue him.

Once that happened, along with a few tweets between White and Jones, the reigning UFC light heavyweight champion stated that he’s giving up the title and walking away. In a parting shot, he stated he would return in 2021 to fight Israel Adesanya in another super fight.

In the end, Jones wants to be paid what he feels he’s worth. UFC President Dana White recently commented on the spat with Jones:

“We don’t agree right now on things, and we’re going to fight and we say things, the thing that’s going on in public, and eventually you get to a point where you get tired of fighting and you figure it out. It’s like any other relationship.”

Jones’ biggest rival Daniel Cormier has gone on record stating that he doesn’t see anything wrong with what Jones is doing. In fact, Cormier believes that Jon Jones will actually walk away from the light heavyweight belt. DC would also praise Jones for sticking to his guns:

“Not many people stand up to Dana White in this way, and Jon Jones feels as though he’s so valuable, that Dana White shouldn’t stand up to him in that way… I don’t think he’s wrong. The guy really understands his value. He’s gonna stick to his guns. Good for you.”

In the meantime, while White and Jones figure out their relationship, MMA betting sites are asking what’s next for Jon “Bones” Jones.

Jon Jones Betting Odds

The following MMA prop bets are courtesy of BetOnline:

Will Jon Jones Fight Again in the UFC in 2020?

  • Yes (+140)
  • No (-180)

We’re half way through 2020 and things between Jon Jones and the UFC are getting worse. Furthermore, Jones’ options in the light heavyweight division don’t interest him at all.

Dominick Reyes and Jan Blachowicz are the top two contenders for a title shot against Jones. Yet, the pound for pound #1 fighter in the UFC feels he has nothing to gain by fighting either of them. Jones had a close call against Reyes in February, but he has yet to face Blachowicz.

Jones showed a lot of interest in taking on the scariest heavyweight in the UFC Francis Ngannou in a very exciting super fight, but the UFC felt their demands for pay were too much.

Unless Dana White can give Jones a super fight by the end of the year, I don’t see Jon Jones returning in 2020. He’s not interested in another light heavyweight fight against a ranked contender. He wants bigger challenges, bigger spotlights and bigger paydays.

Will he Fight in the UFC in 2020? –No (-180)

What Happens First?

  • MMA of Boxing Fight (-200)
  • Gets Arrested (+150)

Longtime MMA fans and Jon Jones supporters know about his lengthy history with breaking the law. It has plagued him throughout his career. In fact, it’s rather amazing how great Jones has been in the octagon despite all of the legal and personal issues outside of it.

It’s hard to argue against Jones as being the greatest MMA fighter of all-time. However, if he had stayed out of trouble, and solely focused on his craft, then he probably could’ve been the Michael Jordan of MMA. With that said, Jones still has a chance to carve out that spot over the next few years.

Jones had issues with the law a few months ago where he was arrested. Since then, he’s not only cleaned up his act, but he’s also helped to clean up his community especially during these tumultuous times.

I don’t see Jones getting arrested again in the near future. I believe he’s on a better path especially as he uses his celebrity status to help affect change in his community and the country. For this prop bet, I see Jones fighting again before getting arrested again.

What Happens First? –MMA or Boxing Match First (-200)

Will Jones’ Next Fight Be In:

  • MMA (-400)
  • Boxing (+250)

Since Jones is under contract with the UFC, he’s not legally allowed to participate in another combat sport without the promotion’s approval. And, I see no reason why they would allow one of their top stars to risk his career for a boxing match.

Additionally, there hasn’t been any legitimate chatter about Jones stepping into a boxing ring unlike what we’ve heard in the past with fighters like Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov.

With that said, I’m surprised the odds aren’t even greater for the MMA betting option. He will clearly participate in an MMA fight first.

Next Jones Fight –MMA (-400)
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