UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones said Thursday he's willing to relinquish his title and take an extended hiatus from the promotion as part of a contract dispute.
podcast (via ESPN) after failed negotiations to fight heavyweight Francis Ngannou.
Masvidal previously debated White's stance that UFC's fighters are independent contractors and suggested the promotion should release him so he could test his true open-market value:
Jones told Steve-O he's cognizant most MMA fighters don't have the bargaining power of himself and Masvidal, which puts the mid-card competitors in a position where it's difficult to speak out publicly and increases the need for the sport's biggest stars to take a stand.
He's held the light heavyweight belt since a December 2018 victory over Alexander Gustafsson.