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Jon Jones announces step up to heavyweight after calling out Stipe Miocic as ‘Bones’ vacates UFC light-heavyweight belt

JON JONES has officially vacated the UFC light heavyweight title as he sets his sights on Stipe Miocic.

‘Bones’ shocked fans on Monday evening when he suggested he may quit the organisation due to salary dispute with chief Dana White.

But he quickly revealed that after a “really positive conversation” he will instead be moving up to heavyweight.

Jones, 33, tweeted: “Just had a really positive conversation with UFC. Sounds like there will be negotiations for my next fight at heavy weight.

“All good news, the weight gaining process begins.”

Two-time champion Jones had hinted at a step up to the heavyweight division following Saturday’s trilogy blockbuster between Miocic and old rival Daniel Cormier.

After watching Miocic score a unanimous points decision, he tweeted: “Heavyweight world championships I will be seeing you real soon. Victorious.”

However he appeared to be on his way out of UFC after his revealing his pay row with White had come to a head on Monday.

Jones believes he deserves more money for moving up a division, with White, until now, refusing to budge.

The 20-1 star said: “Just got off the phone with @ufc, today I confirm that I’m vacating the light heavyweight championship.

“It’s officially up for grabs. It’s been an amazing journey, sincere thank you to all my competition, UFC and most importantly you fans..

“The last I spoke with @UFC about my salary there was no negotiating. If that ever changes, i’d love to come back and compete again as a heavyweight.

“Until then, I’ll be enjoying Ufc has a fan and doing my best to take care of my family and community.

“In good faith I will be staying in the testing pool for probably the next half year or so.

“I’ll continue to lift weights and train all the different martial arts.”

Jones last competed at UFC 247 in February when he earned a controversial decision win over Dominick Reyes.

He leaves UFC with 14 title fight wins to his name – the most in the promotion’s history.

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