Chael Sonnen Responds To Jon Jones Enlisting Richard Schaefer As An Advisor
Chael Sonnen has given his take on Jon Jones’ announcement, revealing he’s linking up with former Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer.
The news was well-received by those in the boxing world. UFC President Dana White heaped praise on Schaefer and said he’s looking forward to speaking with him. While the move has some thinking Jones may have turned a corner with the UFC, Sonnen isn’t of that belief.
Taking to his YouTube channel, Sonnen said that while he respects Schaefer, he doesn’t see things going any smoother for “Bones” (h/t MMAFighting.com).
“Richard Schaefer is damn good. He really is. Richard Schaefer is the one that built Golden Boy Promotions. Oscar [De La Hoya] stepped in front of the camera, Oscar gets the credit, and Oscar was The Golden Boy, and they were partners but make no mistake, Richard Schaefer built that company and he did a very good job…
“Jon has a contract… If you have an expert in the PPV business, great. You could probably do a lot of really good things with that guy but you’re under contract with somebody else which means you’re not gonna do those things with that guy. So what are you gonna do? … What could it possibly be that these two guys are going to do? Richard would be a great guy in an advisory role to bring you in and talk to prior to sitting down at the table and working out your negotiations for your contract, of which you already have…
“It’s one of those things, the whole thing is absolutely baffling. Jon having Richard Schaefer is giving birth to no idea whatsoever. Jon having Richard Schaefer who has worked with countless fighters is not stepping where no man has stepped before. Maybe Jon isn’t done yet. Maybe he hasn’t finished the thought and old Chael is going a little bit too soon. Maybe Richard Schaefer and Jon Jones have something still to come. The problem is, it’s not gonna be in the fight world, it’s not gonna be a new promotion, it’s not gonna be something they do together because Jon is under contract!”
Jones and the UFC have been going back-and-forth over pay. Jones was expecting a bigger payday for his efforts to move up to the heavyweight division. “Bones” wants to challenge UFC Heavyweight Champion Francis Ngannou but only if he’s satisfied with the compensation. White has claimed that Jones wants $30 million guaranteed.