MMA star dubbed 'next Conor McGregor' elects not to re-sign with UFC

Two-weight MMA world champion Mason Jones elects not to re-sign with the UFC… After the fighter once dubbed the ‘next Conor McGregor’ won just one of his four fights in the promotion

  • MMA star Mason Jones has announced he will no be re-signing with the UFC
  • The former Cage Warriors double-champion went 1-2-1 during his UFC stint
  • Jones is regarded as one of the UK’s brightest prospects in combat sports 

Former Cage Warriors two-weight world champion Mason Jones has announced that he will not be re-signing with the UFC after fighting through the remainder of his contract.

Writing on Twitter, Jones did not rule out a return to the promotion and added that he ‘may take some fights outside the org’.

‘As most you know, I’ve fought my UFC contract out. I wont be re-signing with UFC this side of this year and may take some fights outside the org before returning to keep you all entertained’ Jones wrote.

Mason Jones has announced that he will not be re-signing with the UFC after his contract expired

The 27-year-old lightweight went 1-2-1 during his four-fight stint with the promotion

The Welsh lightweight entered the UFC riding a wave of momentum after becoming the first fighter to equal Conor McGregor’s achievement in becoming a champion in two different classes in Europe’s preeminent MMA organisation, Cage Warriors.

Jones would go on to make his UFC bow in January of 2021, taking on American Mike Davis in Abu Dhabi. The pair engaged at a frantic pace, which ultimately went down to the scorecards with Davis winning a contentious judges’ decision in a bout that would go on to receive Fight of the Night honours.

The 27-year-old returned to the Octagon in June of last year, against Brazilian veteran Alan Patrick. The fight was rendered a no contest after Patrick was unable to continue from an inadvertent eye poke.

Jones earned Fight of the Night honours in his UFC debut against Mike Davis

After Patrick withdrew from a scheduled rematch between the pair, Jones picked up his lone UFC win to date against rising prospect David Onama, in another action-packed brawl.

Following the win, Jones would compete in the UK for the first time in the UFC, but would ultimately suffer defeat against Ludovit Klein in what was the final bout of his contract with the promotion.

Though Jones’ initial stint in the promotion may have ended in disappointment, the Welshman will look to the likes of flyweight star Brandon Moreno, who claimed gold in his UFC return after failing to impress in his first run with the organisation.

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