Bellator two-weight champion Ryan Bader has laid the invite out for Jon Jones to join the Santa-Monica based promotion.
Jones made headlines on Sunday after he claimed he was vacating his light heavyweight title following his ongoing pay dispute with UFC president Dana White. He also implied that he would taking time away from the sport.
And Bader would love for him to switch sides and have them throw down again.
“Gotta do what’s best for you @JonnyBones There is always another option tho. @BellatorMMA would love to run it back. Respect ??”
Jones and Bader first met at UFC 126 in 2011 as undefeated prospects. It was the former who came out on top that day as he sunk in the guillotine choke to get the victory and inflict Bader’s first career defeat in the process.
Of course, Bader — currently the Bellator light heavyweight and heavyweight champion — has grown plenty as a fighter since. “Darth” is currently undefeated in his last eight fights and has only suffered one defeat — to Anthony Johnson — in his last 13 overall. He has also spoken of rematching Jones in recent times.
In the end, Jones moving to Bellator is unlikely in reality even if the former did recently hint at possibly signing with another promotion.
That said, anything is possible in this crazy sport.