Noteworthy:

Major League Baseball rejected a proposal to begin its 2020 season Wednesday that would have seen a 114-game schedule running from June 30 to Oct. 31 and the 2020 MLB Playoffs being played in November.

There will also be no counteroffer from MLB on the offer that was presented by its players’ union on Sunday night.

MLB had said previously that it would not accept any proposal that sees its season extended into November due to the potential of a second wave of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19.)

Onward to today’s topic.

The current social media spat between UFC Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones and UFC President Dana White is a textbook example of a “he said, she said” exchange when a relationship is on its last legs.

There’s trouble in paradise:

As you might recall, this discourse reached its boiling point last Sunday when Jones (26-1, one no-contest) took to his Twitter account to announce that he’d be vacating his belt with these two tweets:

Dana White’s response:

It started a week ago Thursday when Dana White was interviewed by ESPN, saying this:

“It’s one thing to come out and say, ‘I want more money.’ The amount of money Jon Jones wanted—first of all, in the light heavyweight division, [a rematch] between Dominick Reyes is the fight that makes sense. Is Jon Jones going to fight Francis Ngannou and then take a run at the heavyweight title? I don’t believe that. He’s never wanted to move to heavyweight before. For the amount of money he’s asking for, it’s not going to happen. He couldn’t be asking for a more absurd amount of money at a worse time.”

After Jones took to Twitter again to accuse White of tarnishing him, White responded in the post-fight press conference last Saturday at UFC Vegas with:

“I tarnished you? You’ve done a very good job of tarnishing you.”

White’s remarks at the press conference were in reference to Jones’ past legal troubles during his 14-time run as UFC Light Heavyweight champion.

Vandalism attempt thwarted:

However, Jones was recently seen stopping others from getting into legal trouble of their own when he stopped a case of vandalism after taking spray cans away from two teenagers that were participating in protests of the death of George Floyd.

Floyd was murdered by now-former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin May 25 after he knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes, sparking days of civil unrest.

Jones’ relationship with the UFC remains on thin ice, which leads us to this question:

Where can he go now?

If Jon Jones does, indeed, sever his ties with the UFC, rival promotion Bellator MMA looks to be the likeliest landing spot for him, in my opinion.

Star power:

With Jones’ star power and championship pedigree (he owns the UFC promotional record for most championship fight victories with 14 total over two separate stints as Light Heavyweight champ), it would be in Scott Coker’s best interest to sign him if Jones’ relationship with the UFC goes further south.

Championship shot possibility:

If Bellator signs Jon Jones, he can compete for its Light Heavyweight title (currently held by Ryan Bader) right away, just as Cris Cyborg did in its Women’s Featherweight division in January.

Cyborg won the belt, marking Bellator MMA the fourth different promotion that she has won a championship in.

We’ll be keeping tabs on the relationship between Jones and the UFC, so stay tuned.

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My name is Drew Zuhosky and I’m the MMA writer here at Armchair All-Americans. I’ve been an MMA fan for the better part of the last decade and I always make time to watch the fights. Whether it’s a Saturday night pay-per-view, an online exclusive, or a cable broadcast, there’s one certainty: Somewhere in my house, the TV will be on and I’ll be yelling at it. I sincerely hope that you will enjoy my articles on MMA. I pledge to you that my articles will be knockouts, not judges’ decisions. (Everybody hates judges’ decisions, anyway because there’s a chance for the element of human error involved in the outcome.) In any event, please check back to see what I have for you in terms of MMA material. Let’s get going.
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Content Creator at Armchair MMA , The Armchair All-Americans, LLC.
My name is Drew Zuhosky and I’m the MMA writer here at Armchair All-Americans. I’ve been an MMA fan for the better part of the last decade and I always make time to watch the fights. Whether it’s a Saturday night pay-per-view, an online exclusive, or a cable broadcast, there’s one certainty: Somewhere in my house, the TV will be on and I’ll be yelling at it. I sincerely hope that you will enjoy my articles on MMA. I pledge to you that my articles will be knockouts, not judges’ decisions. (Everybody hates judges’ decisions, anyway because there’s a chance for the element of human error involved in the outcome.) In any event, please check back to see what I have for you in terms of MMA material. Let’s get going.
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