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By David Tees on 1/26/2024 2:44 PM

A text message exchange in 2014 between UFC CEO Dana White and former UFC owner Lorenzo Fertitta, recently unsealed due to the ongoing lawsuit involving the UFC, labeled then UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones a “bad employee.”

Former two division UFC champion Daniel Cormier, a longtime rival of Jones, would say “we’ve all had bad employees” in a reference to Jones.

Jones didn’t take too kindly to those words and issued the following statement on X:

DC would then respond to what Jones tweeted with a statement of his own on Youtube (transcript via Farah Hannoun of MMA Junkie):

“If I could say 100 things about him positively, he hangs onto the negative thing. But I wasn’t talking about him directly. I was talking about in business and you have employees in your businesses, sometimes things go sideways with the employees and you say bad things. When someone is being a bad employee, you say bad things.

“Even if he won both fights, it doesn’t change what happened with the fight with Dan Henderson. It doesn’t change the stuff that happened at UFC 200. It doesn’t change all those reasons why Dana went off. If my wrestling coach in my academy is late constantly or not showing up to work and I flip out on him, but then he ultimately takes the team to the tournament and they do really well, great. But it does not change the reasons I said the things that I said.

“I’m not bitter, guys. I am fine with everything. Sure, he won the fights, because I don’t think he’s the only person in my life who I’ve fought who was on steroids.”

There has been no follow up response from Jones at this time.