Last week former UFC champ Jon Jones rapped with Ariel Helwani for a bit, and one of the nuggets Jones dropped was an accusation that, when his recent legal problems were flaring up, the UFC’s top brass flew out to meet him, asked if he would be able to face Anthony “Rumble” Johnson, and when Jones said “no” they stripped him of the belt.
Now the UFC is saying that’s untrue.
As per MMAFighting:
A UFC official told MMA Fighting that Jones’ claim is “100 percent inaccurate” and the decision to strip him of the title was made before a meeting between Jones and the organization ever took place. The official said that execs flew to Albuquerque to offer their support, as well as inform him of their decision to strip him of the belt face to face. The UFC official added that the organization stayed in close communication with Jones, his manager and his publicist throughout the legal process. Execs also flew down to Albuquerque the day of Jones’ plea hearing and attended the court proceedings.
I don’t think anything is going to come of this he said/she said crap, but I do enjoy the back-and-forth. Jones has always had a problem with his employers. It will be interesting to see where this goes.