If Jon Jones doesn’t believe he is being paid what he believes he is worth while with the UFC, facing an icon could change all of his worries.
Jones, the current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, is interested in facing off against former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson. This comes after Tyson went on Instagram Live to talk about the recent controversy surrounding MMA stars, specifically in the UFC, asking for their release. Jones (26-1, 1 NC) has threatened to vacate the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship if he doesn’t get paid. This comes after failed attempts to book a Francis Ngannou fight. Tyson believes the only way Jones will get the money he is after is if he fights him.
“A UFC [fighter] will never be richer than a first-class [boxer],” Tyson stated, via MMA Fighting. “To make a hundred million dollars, Conor [McGregor] had to fight Floyd [Mayweather]! “Even if he fights Jon Jones, he’s not going to get that. Jon Jones gotta fight me if he wants to make some super money.
Jones has since responded, stating, “I’m listening” on Twitter.
I’m listening @MikeTyson
— BONY (@JonnyBones) June 21, 2020
Tyson (50-6, 2 NC) hasn’t fought competitively since 2005. He announced his intentions to return to the ring for exhibition bouts. Since announcing his return, Tyson has gotten offers from various competitors to fight. Danny Williams and Peter McNeely are both hoping for a rematch. Former rival Evander Holyfield has even stated he would fight Tyson once again.
Jones would later post on Instagram, stating his demands for a fight. He wants a bout in the ring and the octagon. Tyson has never competed in an MMA bout before, but he is currently training with Rafael Cordeiro of Kings MMA.
“@miketyson I’ll box you in the ring if you promise to give me a real fight in the octagon afterwards. And because I respect you so much, I promise I won’t break anything on you.”
Dana White would end up stating that Jones is asking for “Deontay Wilder-like” money, which would be around $30 million. That is one of the reasons for the holdup in contract talks. Jones joins Henry Cejudo (who retired), Jorge Masvidal, and Conor McGregor as those who have asked for more money from the UFC.
As of now, there is no update on Jon Jones and the UFC. Tyson has not yet named an opponent for his comeback fight as well. The 53-year-old is currently making appearances all over the world while he waits for someone to step up.