Dana White on Jon Jones: 'He could have been the LeBron' of UFC

LAS VEGAS – UFC president Dana White is doubling down.

At Saturday’s UFC on ESPN 9 post-fight news conference, White was asked about Jon Jones’ recent claims that he lied about a series of text messages.

“What do you do?” White said. “Who do you believe? It’s up to you guys. What the (expletive) would I lie for? What do I have to gain from lying about it? Why would I lie? It doesn’t matter. You know what I mean? Obviously, he’s fired up right now.”

White said the discourse has been progressing between UFC chief business officer Hunter Campbell and UFC light heavyweight champion Jones (26-1 MMA, 20-1 UFC) over the past few days. However, White made a point to bring up how he and Jones have always had issues.

“(Jones) had a great talk yesterday with Hunter, my lawyer, who’s really close to Jon Jones and likes him,” White said. “They have a good relationship. They had a good talk yesterday. It is what it is. I really don’t care. I couldn’t care less, to be honest with you.

“… They had a good talk. They had a good talk yesterday. Those guys are tight. Jon Jones and I have always had this. I’m always looking at what Jon Jones could’ve been. He…

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