Jon Jones denies $30 million demand for Francis Ngannou fight

This might surprise you, however settlements in between Jon Jones and the UFC do not seem working out.

The previous UFC light heavyweight champ required to Twitter on Friday to react to UFC president Dana White’s claim that he had actually required $30 million to combat heavyweight champ Francis Ngannou:

White tossed out that claim throughout a look on “The Bill Simmons Podcast,” stating that he is all set to offer Derrick Lewis the next chance at the heavyweight crown:

From Mixed Martial Arts Combating:

“In his deal, he’s talking he wants $30 million guaranteed,” White stated. “The way that this works is these guys all share in the pay-per-view, so you just said yourself you think that this is gonna be a big fight. I agree with you and think it’s gonna be a big fight, well he will share in the profits of the fight. That’s how it works. That’s how you run a business and you don’t go broke, that’s how that works.”

Speculation around a prospective Jones-Ngannou bout has actually been circling around because the minute Ngannou knocked out Stipe Miocic for the title last month. Instantly after the battle was called, Jones specifically tweeted “Show me the money,” and the fighter has actually remained in talks with the promo since. 

In reality, the gamesmanship may have started at White’s press conference following Ngannou’s win, as he stated Jones must be terrified enough of Ngannou to return to light heavyweight. On the other hand, Ngannou stated he would invite the difficulty.

Settlements have actually continued to play out in public, consisting of when Jones tweeted that the UFC must simply cut him. If this all sounds familiar, it’s due to the fact that around this point in 2015, Jon Jones was likewise openly feuding with White and the UFC over a battle versus Francis Ngannou.

Jones has actually not appeared in the Octagon because beating Dominick Reyes in Feb. 2020.

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.