JON JONES has explained the reasons behind his decision to vacate the UFC light heavyweight title.
The 33-year-old announced earlier this month he was giving up the 205lbs belt after talks with Dana White.
Bones had held the championship since reclaiming it for a second time by defeating Alexander Gustafsson in December 2018.
His last title defence was against Dominick Reyes in February, which resulted in him earning a controversial split decision victory.
Many hoped to see a rematch between the pair, but now there will be a clash between Reyes and Jan Blachowicz in September to determine a new light heavyweight king following Jones’ decision.
The star has now taken to Twitter again to explain some further reasoning for giving up his crown.
Jones tweeted: “I vacated the light heavyweight championship because I knew my heavyweight goals were going to take some time.
“I wasn’t going to play games with the contenders and make people fight interim championship belts. There’s little rest on the throne.”
Jones has become a target for heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic since his announcement.
Miocic says he is looking for new challenges after recently defeating Daniel Cormier in their trilogy fight.
He has already declared he has no interest in a rematch with Francis Ngannou after beating him in 2018.
And UFC president Dana White has already stated he believes Jones could go straight into the new division as top contender for the belt.
The chief said: “Of course. I mean realistically, Jon Jones is undefeated. He’s never been beat.
“(Steve) Mazzagatti is a guy who’s been out of this game for years, I don’t want to keep beating this guy up, but you know. You know. Jon Jones is undefeated.”
White is referring to referee Steve Mazzagatti, who disqualified Jones in 2009 against Matt Hamill for his only career defeat, even though many believe it was a terrible call and should instead have been a TKO win for Bones.
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