Jon Jones expects ‘stubborn’ UFC, Dana White to meet demands, set up ‘scary’ Francis Ngannou fight
Jon Jones doesn’t seem like he’s desired in the UFC by Dana White. He would enjoy to load it up and go in other places if he was launched from his agreement, however still wishes to see an option to establish a heavyweight title battle with Francis Ngannou.
Jones (26-1 Mixed Martial Arts, 20-1 UFC) has actually been exceptionally singing about his circumstance because this previous Saturday when Ngannou knocked out Stipe Miocic at UFC 260 to declare the belt. He’s published long streams of Twitter messages about his conflict, which basically comes down to the previous light heavyweight champ desiring a much better agreement to go up in weight.
He hasn’t waved from that position because revealing he would be altering weight classes this previous summer season, yet it doesn’t appear the UFC wishes to satisfy his quota. Jones stated today that an off in between $8 million and $10 million to combat Ngannou is “way too low,” and while he hasn’t exposed a precise asking cost, “Bones” assures it’s absolutely nothing unreasonable.
“I’m not asking for anything outrageous and I know we’re in a pandemic and I know when you’re a multi-millionaire and you’re asking for more it makes you seem like this greedy person and I’m aware of all of this,” Jones stated on “Steve-O’s Wild Ride!” podcast. “But I’m also aware that I have the voice and the platform to make change. Most of the guys who are doing the absolute worst are not in the position where they can say publicly, ‘I have a second job, I’m borrowing money from my parents.’ I know so many guys that are living in the Jackson’s MMA gym because they can’t afford to live in their own apartment, and they’re UFC fighters. So this is sad.
“If I have to have a bad relationship with Dana (White), sit out for two years, three years to bring light to what’s happening, then these are the things people remember you for more than winning belts. To stand up for the younger fighters.”
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Jones stated he sees his circumstance as more complex since among the shot-callers on the other side of the settlement table is not thinking about being an ally, however rather an opponent. He’s shown a lot of disappointment about UFC president Dana White’s remarks suggesting he was attempting to cost himself out of a bout with Ngannou, since he might not genuinely desire it to occur.
It’s not the very first time Jones has actually felt belittled by the method in which White has actually spoken about him in public, and it’s developed a level of stress that makes Jones dissatisfied with his work environment. He believes there might be a circumstance that exists for him outside the UFC that would be much better for him, however doesn’t appear enthusiastic his demand to be launched from his agreement will ever be satisfied.
“That’s the main problem about my situation currently,” Jones stated. “In any other professional, if you’re unhappy with the way you’re being treated or the way you’re being paid or whatever, you can just take your sh*t and leave and go to the next boss and see if they value you more. In my situation I would be forced to retire from fighting completely unless I wanted to coach or own a gym. My hands are tied.
“I do believe wholeheartedly that the companies that own Bellator and these other leagues do have the same financial backing as the UFC had. And I do believe having Jon Jones be the new face of your promotion, especially today when I’m really making an effort for the first time to get my sh*t somewhat together. … I do think right now is a good time for any company to have me and my goal is to be an asset to any company that I’m a part of. And I’ve got a feeling that if I were able to get out of my UFC contract, I would be huge for another company. I just wish my relationship with Dana wasn’t what it is. I get that you’ve got to make these hundreds of millions of dollars off me, but if you don’t like me anymore, if you flat out don’t like me. I don’t feel like he actually likes me. I’ve never had whiskey night and dinners and sh*t like that. I don’t think I’m his favorite person and I think it’s very clear when you watch one of his interviews come up.
“My point is: If that’s what it is and it has got to a point of being personal, then I would much just rather work for a company where I felt like I’m home when I go to work. I do have a great relationship with the UFC staff, it’s just a weird thing when you feel like they don’t want you there.”
Jones isn’t the very first fighter to have a public spat with the UFC brass over pay. He likely won’t be the last, either. He stated what makes his circumstance various, however, is that he’s not in a position where he needs to fold under pressure.
As one of the UFC’s most effective fighters for more than a years, Jones stated he’s collected a level of wealth that can enable him to never ever combat once again. That implies he’s going to dig his heels in till he gets an offer he views as reasonable. And he anticipates the UFC will ultimately do him right.
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“The UFC will go on whether I fight or not,” Jones stated. “I’ve got nothing to lose being in the position that I’m in right now. I don’t want to fight soon. I have no interest in fighting in the UFC until I get paid what I believe I’m worth. … I think it’s really powerful to stand up for what you believe is right, and I think eventually the UFC will realize that they’re being stubborn, they’ll realize that they do have a special athlete in myself and I think they’ll eventually meet me half way.”
Jones stated among the factors he didn’t relocate to heavyweight previously in his profession is since the UFC would not pay him appropriately. He doesn’t believe it’s reasonable for him to get the very same rate to combat at 205 pounds – where he’d be preferred over everybody – to heavyweight, where he’s currently been instilled as a wagering underdog versus Ngannou.
The threat requires to be worth the benefit, Jones stated, which comes with more pay on the front end of his agreement for merely actioning in the octagon.
“I think I’m even more beatable as a heavyweight, and that’s why I went to Dana White looking for a raise,” Jones stated. “Daniel Cormier got a raise when he went to heavyweight, I was looking for a raise to go heavyweight. Francis Ngannou is scary. There’s a big chance he could break my jaw. I’m OK with that. As a fighter I’ve whooped enough ass that if someone eventually gets me, then we all have our day. I’m OK with that. But that should come with an increase in pay. I think me at heavyweight, the pay-per-view numbers are going to go up inevitably, more people are going to watch.”
In spite of that threat, Jones has the self-belief he would beat Ngannou. He stated after assembling a UFC Hall of Popularity profession that has him in the argument for the very best fighter ever, he’s prepared to “risk it all” by battling Ngannou and other heavyweights in order to include another layer to his tradition.
The concept Jones hesitates to combat Ngannou or the outcome of a prospective battle is not something that resonates with Jones, he stated. Jones has actually revealed a few of the best battle IQ of anybody in Mixed Martial Arts history, and he understands what would occur in order to dismiss Ngannou if they ever shared the octagon.
“Francis Ngannou, it’s very simple: Get comfortable with the worst-case scenario,” Jones stated. “Worst-case scenario is he knocks you the f*ck out, he possibly fractures a bone in your face. That’s the worst-case scenario. You get comfortable with that idea, it becomes easy. If he doesn’t knock you out and break your face (because) you’re smart, you’re fast, you have a chin, you have great head movement, you can wrestle.
“There’s a lot of ways things can play out. So I just think about the worst-case scenario and get yourself mentally to a place where you’re almost walking into that like, ‘OK, I’m getting ready to go out there and this guy could possibly hurt me tonight.’ Francis Ngannou’s dangerous, I believe that he has a chance to knock me the f*ck out, let’s say that out loud. But if I don’t get knocked out, I believe I win that fight. I just have to get though Round 1 and I win that fight.”
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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.