Daniel Cormier: Jon Jones Should Not Make Conor McGregor Money
Daniel Cormier isn’t of the belief that his old rival Jon Jones should be paid like Conor McGregor.
Jones is currently at a stalemate with the UFC. It all boils down to pay. Jones feels making anywhere between $8 million to $12 million to fight Francis Ngannou is too low. UFC President Dana White claims Jones’ asking price is $30 million.
During an edition of ESPN’s DC & Helwani Show, Cormier explained why he feels Jones shouldn’t be making as much money as McGregor (h/t MMAMania.com).
“Does Jon Jones make what Khabib (Nurmagomedov) makes? If Khabib makes $8 million to $10 million, yes. But I don’t believe he should make what Conor McGregor makes,” Cormier continued. “There should be a difference in the pay scale because of what he has meant to the company. But in the $8 million to $10 million range? I think that works. I believe with 100% certainty, (UFC) would give (Jones) $10 million to show up and fight Francis Ngannou. And that’s him getting his money. Because he’s never made $10 million before to show. He said he makes $5 million, right? So if he makes $5 million, then you’re doubling what he makes to go and fight Francis.”
Jones vacated the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship back in 2020. He did so in an effort to bulk up for a move to the heavyweight division.